this day in crime history: april 20, 1999

On this date in 1999, two teenage losers looking for infamy (which I will not contribute to by naming them here) went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. The attack was originally planned to be a bombing using IEDs made from propane tanks. The killers planned to wait outside and shoot people fleeing after the bombs detonated, but the bombs failed to detonate due to faulty construction. At that point, the killers approached the school and began shooting people. They entered the building and continued their shooting spree. They eventually committed suicide in the school library after police had surrounded the school. Twelve students and a teacher died in the attack. Twenty-four students were injured.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Columbine High School massacre

SlateThe Depressive and the Psychopath

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 20, 1999

  1. John D.:
    Good lord…WTH is it with the month of APRIL that brings out ALL sorts of tragedies?
    (can’t just be the “4/20” connection, either)

    And how teens can get TEC-9s when I can’t (well, not true, I could have gotten one back in Jersey from an Italian friend…for $200 – cash, no questions). Think he had “connections”.

    A much crazier world then when we were kids, hmm?

    Good post.

    Stay safe.


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