Timeline of North Carolina mass shootings and attacks
Robert Stewart shot and killed eight people and wounded three others in the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center in Carthage in Moore County on March 29, 2009. Carthage police officer Justin Garner, 25, stopped the gunman with a single shot to the chest. Police arrested Stewart on eight charges of first-degree murder. A jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison.
- WRAL.com archive: Carthage nursing home massacre
- Photos: Carthage nursing home shooting
- Timeline of Carthage nursing home shooting events
- July 21, 2012: Hero in nursing home rampage recalls facing mass murderer
- Sept. 3, 2011: Carthage nursing home shooter will spend life in prison
Alvaro Castillo was convicted of killing his father on Aug. 30, 2006, and then driving to Orange High School with a cache of weapons and opening fire. Two students were injured in the shooting, which ended when school personnel tackled the gunman. A jury convicted Castillo in August 2009 on 10 charges in the case, including first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges, and his lawyers presented testimony during the three-week trial from mental health experts and social workers who said he was psychotic at the time of the shootings.
- WRAL.com archive: Orange High shooting
- July 19, 2011: Appeals court upholds Orange school shooter's conviction
- Aug. 21, 2009: Orange school shooter: 'Now I realize what I did was wrong'
Mohammed Taheri-azar, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, drove an SUV into a crowd of students in "The Pit," a popular gathering place on campus. He pleaded guilty to nine counts of attempted murder and nine counts of felonious assault. He told police he wanted to injure people in response to the U.S. government's treatment of Muslims abroad. He also told police he expected to die as a result of his actions – either by people at the scene attacking him or police shooting him.
- WRAL.com archive: UNC-CH 'Pit' attack
- Images: Mohammed Taheri-Azar case
- Aug. 6, 2008: UNC 'Pit' attacker gets up to 33 years; victims share their stories
Sgt. William Kruetzer – Oct. 1995
Sgt. William Kruetzer admitted to firing at an exercise formation of fellow soldiers at Fort Bragg, killing Major Stephen Badger and injuring 18 others on Oct. 27, 1995. He pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison. He has since appealed his sentence.
Wendell Williamson, a former law student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, opened fire on campus with a sniper rifle in January 1995, killing two people. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was treated for paranoid schizophrenia at a state mental hospital.
- Oct. 30, 2012: Chapel Hill shooter remains in state hospital
- June 15, 2004: Williamson's 13-hour disappearance sparks concerns about community safety
- June 11, 2004: Williamson heads to Dorothea Dix, Broughton cracks down
- June 11, 2004: Victim's family claims Williamson not remorseful for actions in 1995 shooting
Michael Hayes spent 20 years in a state mental institution after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for killing four people and wounding five others on Old Salisbury Road in Winston-Salem. Hayes has said he thought he was killing demons in human bodies when he shot his victims at a rural crossroads in 1988. Doctors have said he suffered a psychotic break brought on by drug and alcohol abuse.
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Gail Neely served as the assistant director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence for six years and became the executive director in April 2012.>
Donnie Harrison was sworn in as Wake County sheriff in 2002 and has served 45 years in law enforcement.>
Mike Tilley founded Personal Defense & Handgun Safety Center Inc. in Raleigh in 1996 and serves as the owner and operator.>