Category: Spree Killing
Location: Red Lake, Minnesota
Date: March 21, 2005
Crime: Began with the killing of his grandfather and grandfather’s girlfriend with a .22 caliber pistol. Then after confiscating a Glock 23 pistol and 12 gauge shotgun, drove to Red Lake Senior High and opened fire on campus. The dead included: five students, one teacher and a security guard. Five more victims were wounded before Weise committed suicide.
Biography: Weise lived with his grandmother in Red Lake, Minnesota. His mother died in a car crash in 1999 and his father committed suicide thereafter. He lived a conflicted life. Seemingly very intelligent, some described him as very nice, thoughtful and always available to help people with their issues. Others, described him as sullen and withdrawn and a loner. He was always dressed in black and was therefore labeled, ‘Goth’, by fellow students. He spent a lot of time on the internet on various Nazi websites and even created and posted animations which depict a masked killer on a shooting spree in a park-like setting. On the morning of the killing, Weise went to his paternal grandfathers house, a local police officer, and shot him while he slept. He then shot his grandfathers girlfriend, strapped on his grandfathers body armor, took a few of his weapons and drove to the school in his squad car. He pulled up to the front door of the school and started shooting. Eyewitness accounts describe the massacre to be eerily similar to the Columbine killings, with Weise asking a student whether he believed in God, before shooting him. During a standoff with police, Weise was hit by two bullets which led him to retreat to a vacant classroom where he shot himself ending the massacre.