THREE people have been shot dead including the assailant in a shooting spree at a Kansas City shopping mall – and a fourth death may be connected.US police were today investigating whether an earlier homicide at a house 10km away involved the shopping mall gunman, who was killed by an officer.Kansas City officers said a man, whom they did not immediately identify, pulled into a car park outside the mall that was filled with “hundreds and hundreds” of shoppers and immediately fatally shot two people who were parked on each side of him.The gunman went into the mall and wounded at least two other people, according to Sergeant Tony Sanders.…Local media reported that the gun was an AK-47.
Again, not to get too political about it, but I can pretty much guarantee the gun was not a real AK-47. (I was right about this kind of thing once before, oddly enough, also in a Missouri shooting.)
The AK-47 most people think of is a fully automatic weapon, meaning it fires rapidly and continuously when one holds the trigger down. The civilian model fires once per trigger pull, just like a semi-automatic hunting rifle does, and has a similar bullet size to those rifles. Fully-automatic guns have been virtually banned in the U.S. since the 1930s, and crimes with them are extremely rare.
Blog: Robert VerBruggen