Parkway South Junior High School shooting

Parkway South Junior High School shooting

Infobox terrorist attack
title =Parkway South Junior High School shooting
location = St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
target = Students and faculty at "Parkway South Junior High School," now known as Parkway South Middle School
date = January 20, 1983
time = approximately 11:55 a.m.
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
type = School shooting, murder-suicide
fatalities = 2 (including the perpetrator)
injuries = 1
perps = David F. Lawler
weapons = Two unspecified pistols

The Parkway South Junior High School shooting refers to a school shooting that occurred at Parkway South Junior High School in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, on Thursday, January 20, 1983. David F. Lawler (14), an eighth-grade student at the school, shot two of his classmates, killing one and injuring the second, before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide. ["8th Grader Kills Youth, Then Himself at School," "The New York Times." [] ]


Lawler brought two family-owned pistols to the school in a blue duffel bag. He had received the ammunition for the shooting as a Christmas present.Karen L. Koman & Phyllis Brasch, "A Funeral, Agony for Families Follow Parkway School Shooting," "St. Louis Post-Dispatch". January 23, 1983 Sunday Fast Mail Edition, via LexisNexis (subscription required)]

Lawler had entered a study hall classroom at approximately 11:55 a.m. and opened fire with the two pistols. Randall Koger (15) was shot in the chest and died at 12:28 p.m. and Greg Saffo-Palmer (15) was seriously injured in the shooting and sent to a local hospital. Lawler then turned one of the pistols on himself and committed suicide.

uspected motive

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

"Police believe the shootings may have been spurred by a remark Palmer had made to another youth concerning Lawler's older brother, Ken. " [...] " Tim Palmer, 16, Greg's brother, said Greg had told him that he had called Ken a derogatory name for a sissy. But Tim Palmer said that although his brother disliked Ken, he had barely known David Lawler."

External links

*Parkway South Middle School web site []
*Parkway School District web site []


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