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1990 Aramoana Massacre

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Date: 13 Nov 1990 [unknown]
Location: Aramoana, Otagomap
Surnames/tags: New Zealand Crimes
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On November 13, 1990, David Malcolm Gray, an undiagnosed mentally disturbed individual, went on a shooting spree in the seaside township of Aramoana, near Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. He was a resident of the town. He was noted to have an interest in firearms and enjoyed reading Soldier of Fortune magazine. During a verbal dispute with his neighbour over his neighbour's barking dogs, David retreated to his house and re-emerged with a Norinco sporting rifle. He started firing on his neighbour and when he was done with him, set his neighbour's house on fire and went on a shooting spree that left 13 people dead, including children.

It took a multi-regional effort to bring David Gray's spree killing to an end on November 14th, 1990. None of the local authorities were prepared for a situation in what was a typically sleepy Otago town.

After the massacre, the New Zealand government reviewed and tightened existing gun laws.

The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand's history until the Christchurch mosque massacre at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on 15 March 2019.

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