David Malcom Gray
After a verbal dispute with a neighbor, took a scoped, semi-automatic rifle and gunned down thirteen people, including neighbors and families visiting the township. Twenty-two hours later, in a blaze of glory, Gray burst out of his house firing from the hip and was promptly gunned down by police.
To this day, the deadliest criminal shooting in New Zealand history was committed by this 33-year old unemployed farmhand. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand to parents who were both in the manufacturing industry, Gray also had two siblings. His school years were unassuming and unremarkable and former classmates described him as quiet, but not necessarily frightening in any way. It was also said that he was a loner, and his sister, Joan, said that Gray’s love for animals became a source of the discontent with his neighbor who had trouble caring for his pets.
On the day of the spree, Gray argued with his neighbor, then abruptly went into the house and retrieved his assault rifle. He came out and promptly shot the man dead. After setting the neighbor’s house on fire and wounding the dead man’s daughter, he started shooting indiscriminately at people who began arriving on the scene. As the police arrived, Gray holed up in his house and continued the fire fight until he was shot dead.