Rampaging guman kills his ex-girlfriend,
The San Antonioo Light
October 28, 1992
SYDNEY, Australia --
A man went on a shooting spree through three coastal towns Tuesday
night, killing his former girlfriend, her pregnant sister and four
others before surrendering to authorities, police said.
Another man was seriously injured in
the hour-long assault. The gunman, whose name was not released, was
charged with murder.
Guman slays his ex-girlfriend,
police say suspect is believed to have taken out classified ad in paper
announcing his love for first victim
Thursday, October 29, 1992
The classified ad in Wednesday's
Central Coast Express newspaper was addressed to 23-year-old Kerry
Gannan at the nursing home where she worked:
`But I still love you. Mac.'
Ms. Gannan never got a chance to read it. She was
killed, along with her father, pregnant 18-year-old sister and three
other people in a shooting rampage Tuesday, night in three coastal
communities north of Sydney.
Police believe the ad was placed by Malcolm Baker, a
45-year-old auto mechanic who was charged with six counts of murder and
one count of attempted murder in one of Australia's worst mass slayings.
Baker dated Ms. Gannan for several years before she broke off the
relationship about six weeks ago.
Angry friends and relatives of the victims began
gathering outside Gosford Local Court hours before Baker's arrival
A man and a woman were ejected from the courtroom
after threatening to kill Baker. `Don't think about reading any long
books!' the man shouted.
The goateed, slightly built Baker did not enter a
plea, and Magistrate Bruce Butler ruled out the possibility of bail. The
next court hearing was scheduled for Dec. 18.
In addition to Ms. Gannan, those killed were her
father, Thomas, 43, and sister, Lisa; Baker's 27-year-old son, David;
and Ross Smith, 35; and Leslie Read, 25.
The shooting rampage began in Terrigal, 37 miles
north of Sydney. Neighbors reported hearing shouts, then five or six
blasts from a pump-action shotgun at 9:12 p.m. at the apartment Kerry
Gannan shared with her sister.
The gunman drove away, leaving the sisters' father
dead in the street. He had come to visit for a few days while taking
time off between jobs.
Christopher Gall, a 22-year-old friend of the sisters,
sat screaming in the street with a gunshot wound to his face that left
him hospitalized in serious condition.
Police found Kerry Gannan dead in a chair. The body
of Lisa, due to give birth in December, was in a bedroom. Efforts to
save the baby failed. Her fiance, a Sydney policeman, learned of the
massacre while at work.
Killed about 10 minutes later in nearby Bateau Bay
was David Baker. His body was found in the back yard of the house he
rented with his wife and baby. The shooting spree ended shortly before
10 p.m. in North Wyong, nine miles to the northwest. Smith was killed at
the home he shared with Ms. Read, who died two hours later.
At 11 p.m., Baker walked into a police station and
surrendered, handing over a shotgun.