Thursday marks 25 years since the Fairchild hospital mass shooting
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — Thursday marks 25 years since the horrific shooting at Fairchild Air Force Base’s hospital.
On June 20, 1994, a former airman armed with a MAK-90 rifle and a 75-round magazine, entered the hospital. He killed four people and wounded 19 others.
The gunman suffered from mental health issues, which ultimately resulted in his discharge from the service. Some of his first targets at the hospital were the doctors who thought he was too ill to serve in the Air Force.
Even though he was honorably discharged, the gunman sought revenge against his psychologist. The shooting did not end there. The gunman went inside Fairchild’s hospital and began randomly shooting patients, including an eight-year-old girl who died.
The shooting came to end thanks to the bravery of Security Forces officer SSGT Andy Brown. He rode his bike to the shooting scene and confronted the gunman.
Brown fired four shots from 70 yards away with his service pistol. He shot and killed the gunman.
Brown later received an Airman’s Medal for his actions.
On Thursday, Fairchild community members are holding a private service to remember those lost in the rampage.
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