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Joseph Wesbecker On the morning of September 14 1989 Joseph Wesbecker walked into the printing plant of his employer the Standard Gravure Corporation of Louisville Kentucky and began blasting away with an AK-47 When the shooting was over twelve people were wounded and nine were dead Wesbecker was included in the fatalities a self-inflicted pistol shot to the chin killed him Joseph T Wesbecker was forty-seven years old He was twice divorced and the father of two adult sons Wesbecker had voluntarily gone to hospitals for mental problems at least twice in recent years and had attempted suicide at least three times membersxoomcom p 1 He had recently won a determination from a human rights commission that hi employer might have discriminated against him because of his mental problems Wesbecker had been suffering from blackouts fits of anger and mental confusion All of this combined with a long record of mental problems led his employers at Standard Gravure Corporation to give him disability leave until he could fix his problems wwwgeocitiescom p 1 In Wesbeckers mind the reasons for his leave were very different Wesbecker believed that the company was plotting against him He thought they were deliberately exposing him to dangerous chemicals and purposefully putting him under stressful situations He believed this is why he was feeling ill While on leave over the next seven months he was plotting his revenge One employee Joe White said this guys been talking about this for a year Hes been talking about guns and Soldier of Fortune magazine Hes paranoid and he thought everyone was after him membersxoomcom p 2 At 830 am on the morning of September 14 1989 Wesbecker entered the building of the printing plant with a duffel bag containing an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle two MAC-11 semiautomatic pistols a 38 caliber revolver a 9-millimeter automatic pistol a bayonet and several thousand rounds of ammunition membersxoomcom p 1 Wesbecker took an elevator
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