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Thursday, April 28, 2016

In 1972, an active shooter killed three on the Harrisonville square

Residents received a bleak newspaper on the morning of April 28, 1972.

The cover of that paper was largely devoted to the actions of a lone gunman one week prior, on April 21, 1972. The reverberations of his spree, which left three dead on the Harrisonville square, shook a community.

The gunman, Charles Simpson, was 25 at the time and armed with a single weapon — a 30-caliber M-1 carbine that was later recovered, along with 360 rounds of ammunition, according to the Democrat’s account.

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