In the Line of Fire

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Guns and Their Deadly Toll

In a terrible season of killing, suspects have been driven by hate, rage and inexplicable demons. They had one thing in common: firepower.

Los Angeles, CA. 8/10/99

Weapons: Uzi semiautomatic, Glock 9mm handgun

Buford O. Furrow Jr., 37, a white-supremacist, opened fire at a Jewish community center, wounding three children, a teenager and a 68-year-old receptionist. He later shot and killed a postal worker.

Pelman, Ala. 8/5/99

Weapon: .44-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun

Alan Eugene Miller, 34, allegedly shot two co-workers to death at their office. Authorities say he then killed a third man who worked at a company from which Miller had been fired earlier this year.

Atlanta, Ga. 7/29/99

Weapons: Glock 9mm pistol, Colt .45 pistol, .22-caliber Raven pistol, .22-caliber Harrington and Richardson revolver

Mark Barton, 44, shot and killed nine and wounded 13 after bludgeoning his wife and two children to death.

Illinois and Indiana 7/2/99 - 7/4/99

Weapons: Bryco .380 handgun, Ruger .22-caliber pistol

Benjamin Nathanial Smith, 21, a white-supremacist, killed two people and injured nine in a racially motivated three-day rampage before shooting himself.

Conyers, Ga. 5/20/99

Weapons: .22-caliber rifle, .357-magnum revolver

T. J. Solomon, 15, is charged with entering Heritage High School and opening fire. Six students were injured, and Solomon reportedly threatened to shoot himself in the head with the revolver before an assistant principal intervened.

Littleton, CO. 4/20/99

Weapons: TEC-DC9 handgun, sawed-off double-barreled shotgun, pump-action shotgun, 9mm semi- automatic rifle

Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 23 others before shooting themselves in the library at Columbine High School. …