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Friday, July 30, 1999 Published at 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK

World: Americas

Special report: Murder in Atlanta

Atlanta is in mourning after a shooting spree in which 12 people, including the gunman's wife and children, were killed. BBC News Online looks at the story behind the murders.

Atlanta killings stun America

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Surrounded by police Swat teams, stock exchange trader Mark Barton shoots himself dead after killing 12 on a rampage in Atlanta's financial district.

  Listen to a caller alerting Atlanta emergency services
  The BBC's Rob Watson: "A very American drama"
  The BBC's Brian Barron: "The fact that he had two handguns can only intensify the debate about gun control"

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Atlanta shootings: US press
Newspapers across the United States are carrying front-page stories asking why another multiple shooting has occurred.

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Taking liberties: America and the gun
The victims of the Atlanta killing spree are the latest casualties in America's long history of gun violence.

  Charlton Heston, president of the National Rifle Association: "The right to bear arms is an iconic bedrock of America"

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