On February 2, 1996 at age 14 Barry Loukaitis carried 2 pistols, over 70 rounds of ammunition
and a .30-.30 rifle
to school. He shot 3 students and a teacher at a Frontier Middle School
in Moses Lake
180 miles east of Seattle
Two of the students, and the teacher died.
Loukaitis claims to have planned the shootings carefully, getting ideas from the book "Rage," written by Stephen King. The defense at trial
said the 1992 video for Pearl Jam
," in part, inspired 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis to act out like the troubled youth
of the song.
Loukaitis was convicted
of three counts of aggravated first-degree murder
, one count of attempted murder
and second degree assault
and 16 counts of kidnapping
, He was sentenced to two life sentences and 205 years in prison
Loukaitis's mother claimed at trial
to have talked in depth with her son about her plans to commit suicide
and detailed the history of depression
in both her side, and his father's side of the families.
Barry Loukaitis was on the drug Ritalin
at the time of the school shooting