‘Ghost Guns’: Firearms kit purchased online fuels epidemic of violence
Investigators say that when a 32-year-old man named Travis Sarreshteh walked up to the hotel’s parking attendant, Justice Boldin, and without warning, shot him with a Polymer80 pistol, Mr. Allie was among the victims of the massacre. Mr. Boldin, 28, a former college baseball player, died almost immediately.
Then Mr. Sarreshteh, who pleaded not guilty after being charged with murder, spoke side-by-side with a group of friends from New Jersey. Police say he wheeled and fired, in which two people were slightly injured. A third person, Vincent Gazzani, was injured in the arm, lung, spleen and stomach. Mr. Eli might have hit that volley.
“I was sure I was going to die – I couldn’t hold my breath,” said Mr. Ghazani, who was rescued by a former Israeli military medic who applied a field dressing to a napkin, assuring him. was that he was “going to be” it” as he waited for the paramedics to arrive.
Police are still not sure how Mr. Sarreshteh may have obtained the weapon, a recurring theme in almost all ghost gun investigations. But obtaining a ghost gun, they say, allowed him to dodge a background check that would have revealed a significant criminal history, including a 2017 illegal weapons charge.
The shooting barely brought a wave nationally. But it galvanized the authorities in San Diego.
“How could a person who was legally barred from buying a firearm get a 9mm gun and shoot five people in the middle of the road?” San Diego city councilwoman Marnie von Wilpert, who pushed a law banning guns without serial numbers, was part of a wave of local legislation addressing the crisis.
Community leaders in some violence-prone urban areas of the state have been sounding the alarm for the past few years, as teens snap home guns to safety, or as a symbol of brutality.
“People are no longer buying regular guns,” said Antoine Towers, who works for an anti-violence program in Oakland. “Almost all young people are using ghosts.”
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