Mailing List:1999-04-16 01, Fw: Tragedy at SL FHL--First Hand Account, by Allan E. Green

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From: <ALLAGREEN -at-> Subject: [WHITNEY-L] Fw: Tragedy at SL FHL--First Hand Account Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 00:01:49 EDT --part1_66aba1b0.2448102d_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Dear Friends: This is the most complete and cogent account of this tragedy that I have seen, so I am forwarding it for your information. Let us pray for those who have suffered in this trial. Allan E. Green --part1_66aba1b0.2448102d_boundary Content-Type: message/rfc822 Content-Disposition: inline Return-Path: <BlackSheep-L-request -at-> Received: from ( []) by (v59.4) with SMTP; Thu, 15 Apr 1999 21:03:15 -0400 Received: from ( []) by (8.8.8/8.8.5/AOL-4.0.0) with ESMTP id WAA00579; Thu, 15 Apr 1999 22:16:10 -0400 (EDT) Received: (from slist -at- localhost) by (8.9.3/8.9.3) id TAA12813; Thu, 15 Apr 1999 19:14:35 -0700 (PDT) Resent-Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 19:14:35 -0700 (PDT) Message-ID: <00b501be87ae$ecf39c00$7da70ad0 -at- vogmudet> Reply-To: "Bobby & Sue Bates" <bsbates -at-> From: "Bobby & Sue Bates" <bsbates -at-> Old-To: "Chris Irwin" <cirwin -at-> Old-Cc: "BlackSheep-L" <BlackSheep-L -at->, "Niblack-L" <Niblack-L -at-> Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 21:10:53 -0500 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.3110.5 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.3110.3 Subject: [BlackSheep-L] Fw: Tragedy at SL FHL--First Hand Account Resent-Message-ID: <"rwV36.A.UHD.J0pF3"> To: BlackSheep-L -at- Resent-From: BlackSheep-L -at- X-Mailing-List: <BlackSheep-L -at-> archive/latest/17180 X-Loop: BlackSheep-L -at- Precedence: list Resent-Sender: BlackSheep-L-request -at- >We learned today, to our horror, that Salt Lake City, and the Family >History Center, are not immune from the actions of a crazed individual. > >I was on the main floor of the FHL, reading "The State of Franklin", in >which Rev. Thomas Woolsey signed his name to a petition for a new state, >pondering the imponderables, (my wife says I was asleep). 10:35 a.m. MDT >(approx.) > >She had been on the second floor, and had walked down the curving >staircase, and through the front lobby, just a minute or two previously, >and was in the stacks looking for a couple of books, when a man in a >baseball cap and full beard, in army fatigues, began systematically to fire >a gun in the front lobby. > >I wasn't the first one under the table, but I may have been the second. My >wife hid behind a big column in the stacks. The gunman must have fired >20-25 shots, not rapid but slowly, as if he was picking targets. He either >had two guns or someone got a couple of shots at him, because I heard a >louder, deeper shot twice. > >He killed the Church security guard at the entrance, and a woman, a patron, >of the library, and shot at least five other people. I think he did most >of the shooting in the lobby of the building, but I wasn't about to stick >my head out and see what was going on. I was doing a good job of playing >dead. > >After about eight or ten minutes under the tables, we were evacuated out >the rear of the building where I met up with my wife, both so relieved we >were all right. > >We all went into a near-by hotel and waited for word. Finally, we began to >get news from the t.v. which stated that the gunman was holed-up in a room >and shots were being exchanged with a Salt Lake City Swat team. Rumors >were rife. > >This may have been a man who had had an altercation at the library last >evening. He also appeared at the "Triad Center" (KSL t.v.) this morning >and was asking directions to the FHL. There was a yellow Rider U-Rent >truck parked next to the Triad Center and so a bomb squad was called and >people were evacuated from there and also from the Delta Center (Jazz >basketball). > >The Swat Team killed the gunman and they announced that he was not wired to >any bomb. They then made a careful sweep of the building because it was >thought there may have been a second gunman. I don't know about that, yet. > About 20 or 30 people in the FHL could not come down from the second floor >(where the census records and microfilms and readers are) so they locked >themselves into a couple of rooms and are still there, the last I heard a >few minutes ago. > >About 13 other people were "injured" during this senseless attack, >heart-attacks, anxiety attacks, etc. So they are saying about 20 people >have been "injured". With three dead, security guard, one woman, and the >gunman. > >Oh, how I long for a return to a simpler life, a more sensible life, a >better life. "Sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind". A terrible, terrible >tragedy, and a sad commentary on the world in which we live today. > >I was amazed at how long this gunman shot, carefully and deliberately, it >seemed like an hour, but was probably about 10 minutes, while we cowered >under the tables, not moving, nor speaking, not wanting to call undue >attention to ourselves. I wasn't too scared, as I didn't notice any >bullets coming close to me, but not knowing when the next shot would come >or from where. It was not rapid fire, but slow and deliberate. > >One of the Church missionaries, a sweet man, was shot in the chest, I don't >know how he is doing at the moment. One woman was shot in the shoulder and >another woman had facial lacerations. > >I am relieved to report that we are all well, though my glasses, note book, >and briefcase and coat are still in the library. > >I'll go back tomorrow and retrieve them. All of Downtown Salt Lake was >cordoned off and six of seven emergency teams (units) were at the scene. > >The gunman has since been identified as a 70 year old schezophrenic, and >hadn't taken his medication. > >Will stop for now and catch my breath. > >Wilford W. Whitaker > > > ==== BlackSheep Mailing List ==== --- To search the Archives <a href=""></a> Enter the word BLACKSHEEP, then when the next window opens, enter the SUBJECT you are searching for OR the address of the person posting. --part1_66aba1b0.2448102d_boundary--

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