1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting
|1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting|
|Location||Merillon Avenue, Garden City, |
|Date||December 7, 1993 (EST)|
|Convicted||February 17, 1995|
|Charges||6 counts of murder, 19 counts of attempted murder|
On December 7, 1993, a
On February 17, 1995, Ferguson was convicted of the six murders. He was also convicted of attempted murder for wounding 19 passengers. As of 2018, he is serving his sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life at the
On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson purchased a ticket for the 5:33 p.m. eastbound train at the
As the train approached the
Other passengers farther away in the train did not realize that a shooting had occurred until after the train stopped, as a crowd of panicked passengers fled from the third car into neighboring cars. One man appeared annoyed by their unruliness and said, "Be calm", before they forced a train door open and fled into the station. Two people were injured in the stampede of passengers. The train's conductor was informed of the shooting, but he decided against opening the train doors right away because two of the cars were not yet at the platform. An announcement was made ordering conductors not to open the doors, but engineer Thomas Silhan climbed out the window of his cab and opened each door from the outside so that panicked passengers could escape.
Ferguson had emptied two 15-round magazines during the shooting. While he was reloading his third magazine, somebody yelled, "Grab him!" Passengers Michael O'Connor, Kevin Blum, and Mark McEntee tackled him and pinned him to one of the train's seats. Several other passengers ran forward to grab his arms and legs and help hold him pinned across a three-seat row with his head towards the window and legs towards the aisle. While he was pinned, Ferguson said, "Oh God, what did I do? What did I do? I deserve whatever I get." He also repeatedly pleaded with those holding him: "Don't shoot me. I'm sorry, I'm sorry." Five to six people continued to hold him pinned for some time while they awaited relief. He was held down for several minutes; Andrew Roderick then boarded the train, an off-duty Long Island Rail Road police officer who was picking up his wife from the train, and he handcuffed Ferguson.
Six passengers died from their injuries:
The wounded included Brendan Doyle, Mary Ann Phillips, and Robert Giugliano.