May 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM
Gunman had concealed weapons permits, 6 handguns
Ian L. Stawicki, who police say killed five people on Wednesday in two incidents, had purchased at least six handguns, including a .45-caliber handgun bought just after he was cleared of domestic violence charges in 2008.
He had concealed weapons permits since 1996, and held an active permit issued by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, which was valid through 2015, according to records released Thursday by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.
Stawicki, 40, appears to have legally obtained the permits, including two issued by Seattle police in 1996 and in 2005. He did not appear to have been convicted of a felony. He was also not involuntarily committed to a state psychiatric hospital, said Department of Social and Health Services spokesman Thomas Shapley. His family has said he was mentally ill.
He was charged with misdemeanor assault in Seattle, in 2008, and in Ellensburg, in 2010. But both charges were dismissed when witnesses — his girlfriend in the 2008 case; his brother in the 2010 case — were reluctant to testify.
According to the weapons permits, Stawicki bought a Para Ordinance .45-caliber handgun from a Bothell gun shop in August 2008, just one month after the case involving his girlfriend was dismissed. He previously bought two .45-caliber handguns and three 9 mm handguns. It is unclear whether any of those weapons were used in Wednesday’s massacre, one of the worst spasms of violence in Seattle’s recent history.
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