Oregon Museum Tavern shooting

The Oregon Museum Tavern shooting occurred on May 7, 1981, at the Oregon Museum Tavern in Salem, Oregon.

Oregon Museum Tavern Shooting
Part of mass shootings in the United States
LocationSalem, Oregon, U.S.
DateMay 7, 1981
10:30 p.m.
TargetOregon Museum Tavern
Attack type
Mass murder, shooting spree
Weapons9mm Browning HP handgun
Deaths5 (including 1 who died in 2013)
Injured18
PerpetratorLawrence William Moore

Incident edit

At the time of the incident, Lawrence William Moore was a 25-year-old unemployed mill worker from Scio, Oregon. On May 7, 1981, at 10:30 pm, Moore walked into the crowded Oregon Museum Tavern on Front Street NE during a Ladies' night event. Without saying a word, he began to fire his 9mm Browning handgun.[1][2][3] Moore first fired at the bar, before turning the weapon at patrons who began to flee.[3]

Throughout the shooting, he spent multiple magazines.[4] While reloading, he was overpowered and pinned to the ground by several of the patrons. He was held down until the police arrived.

3 people died on-site and 20 were wounded; one of whom died at the hospital later that night. Dennis Scharf eventually succumbed to his injuries nearly 32 years later. In the end, a total of 5 people lost their lives and 18 were injured.

Fatalities edit

  • Lori J. Cunningham, 22 – died at the scene
  • John W. Cooper, 27 – died at the scene
  • Robert E. Hamblin, 24 – died at the scene
  • Allen L. Wilcox, 24 – died at hospital
  • Dennis Scharf, 56 – died January 19, 2013, due to complications from injuries sustained

Legal and aftermath edit

At trial, beginning on October 6, 1981, he pleaded innocent to the murder charges, citing mental disease or defect as a defense; however, he admitted to being the gunman. Moore stated the reason for the shooting that he was trying to apprehend members of a 'syndicate' of millionaires, Jews and criminals who had been trying to poison him.

Moore was subsequently found guilty of four counts of aggravated murder and sentenced to four life terms in prison.

Memorial edit

The names of the deceased victims are included in a joint memorial wall at Oregon City's Mountain View Cemetery that memorializes some 390 people that were murdered. The memorial was dedicated by The Greater Portland Area chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.[5]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Journal, JOCE DEWITT, Salem Statesman (February 2013). "32 years later, Oregon bar shooting victim dies".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ AP (9 May 1981). "FOUR SLAIN AND 20 WOUNDED IN BAR AS OREGON MAN SHOOTS INTO CROWD". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b "Conviction on 4 counts of murder for man who shot up bar".
  4. ^ Staff, Bob Heye, KATU On Your Side Investigator and KATU.com (24 September 2013). "30 years later, sounds of gunfire still haunt shooting victim".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Loved ones find comfort in Oregon City memorial to homicide victims (photo gallery)". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2018-09-24.