Wednesday, June 5, 2024

I Will Use His Name Once for Searching

Isaac Zamora murdered six people in Skagit County, Washington in 2009.  I am trying to find news accounts thst identify the weapons he used.  The USA Today database says "semiautomatic rifle "  the Wikipedia page says Winxhester lever action rifle and shotgun stolen from a neighbor.   Some news accounts ssy rifle and handgun.  No account thst I have found identifies the rifle.

Can you find a news account thst identifies the rifle?

Washington State paid $9 million in damages to next of kin because when jailed, the severity of his mental illness problems were not adequately identified and he was not given sufficient supervision after release.


    ". . . broke into a home on Bridal Place in Alger to steal a lever-action Winchester rifle, a handgun and ammunition before killing his first two victims"
    That is a news article specifying "lever action" that seems based on authoritative police reports.
    I'd think that the active 2nd Amdmt forums of the time would have discussion of this, with links to articles, and so if one could find those discussions that would be a good way of finding the links to the articles.

  2. Court transcript says it was a handgun.

    ¶2 On September 2, 2008, Isaac L. Zamora stole a large knife, rifle, handgun, and ammunition. Zamora shot and killed Chester Rose and Skagit County Sheriff Deputy Anne Jackson. Zamora then shot and killed two construction workers and stole a pickup truck. Zamora drove to a nearby house, crashed into the garage, and shot at property owner Fred Binschus as he ran away. When Julie Binschus arrived home, Zamora shot and killed her.

    ¶3 After Zamora left the Binschus property, he "rammed" into a vehicle and tried to shoot the driver but the gun malfunctioned. Before driving away, Zamora stabbed the man twice in the chest. On the way to lnterstate-5 (I-5), Zamora shot a man riding a motorcycle in the arm.

    ¶4 While driving on I-5, Zamora shot at a car. The bullet passed through the front windows but did not hit the driver or passenger. Zamora then shot through the window of a second vehicle, killing the driver. As Zamora continued to drive south on I-5, he shot at an unmarked Washington State Patrol vehicle. The bullet hit the trooper in the forearm.

    ¶5 The State charged Zamora with six counts of aggravated murder in the first degree, six counts of attempted murder in the first degree, three counts of burglary in the first degree, residential burglary, robbery in the first degree, two counts of theft of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.

  3. The USA today database has NO entry for lever-action rifle. My guess is that the journalists who maintain the DB don't know the difference between lever-action and semi-auto.

    I think the only thing we can be really sure of is that it wasn't an AR or an AK style rifle, because if it had been, then the media coverage would have been all about ASSAULT RIFLE USED IN SPREE. And they would have ignored the guy responsible.