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1993 LIRR shooting

A gunman opened fire in a Long Island Rail Road car on Dec. 7, 1993, killing six commuters and injuring 19 others before he was tackled by passengers as he reloaded.

The shooting sparked the political career of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son injured. She continually pushed for stricter gun control during her 18 years in office.

The gunman, Colin Ferguson, 35, of Jamaica, Queens, was convicted in 1995 of the six murders and sentenced to 315 years in prison.

Victims are treated on the platform of the
Photo Credit: Newsday / Al Raia

Victims are treated on the platform of the Merillon Avenue LIRR station after the shooting.

Emergency responders tend to a victim near the
Photo Credit: Alan Hlavenka

Emergency responders tend to a victim near the LIRR platform after the shooting.

Jeannie Cullen, of Mineola, is comforted by her
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Jeannie Cullen, of Mineola, is comforted by her roommate, Karen McCrudden, after learning that her sister was hurt in the shooting.

Thomas McDermott, who was wounded in the shooting,
Photo Credit: Thomas Koeniges

Thomas McDermott, who was wounded in the shooting, is visited in the hospital by his wife, Rosemary, on Dec. 8, 1993.

Robert Giugliano, who was injured in the shooting,
Photo Credit: Ken Spencer

Robert Giugliano, who was injured in the shooting, speaks from his wheelchair as his brother, Chip, and Robert's wife, Donna, stand by on Dec. 8, 1993.

On Dec. 9, 1993, a worker at the
Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

On Dec. 9, 1993, a worker at the Hicksville LIRR yard washes a seat in the third car of the train where the shooting took place two days earlier.

Carolyn McCarthy watches the coffin of her husband
Photo Credit: Don Jacobsen

Carolyn McCarthy watches the coffin of her husband and shooting victim, Dennis, being carried toward a hearse at his funeral on Dec. 13, 1993.

Joyce Gorycki walks behind the coffin of her
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Joyce Gorycki walks behind the coffin of her husband, James Gorycki, at his funeral at Corpus Christi Church in Mineola on Dec. 11, 1993.

Patrick Ragan returns to work Dec. 10, 1993,
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Patrick Ragan returns to work Dec. 10, 1993, the first time he rode a train since surviving the shooting. Ragan stood the whole way to Penn Station, saying that "it would be a long time before he could sit down again on the LIRR."

Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta presents Kevin Blum
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood

Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta presents Kevin Blum with the Nassau County Medal of Honor on Dec. 20, 1993, for his role in helping capture gunman Colin Ferguson. Blum is shown with survivors of the shooting.

Shooting survivor Kevin McCarthy, with his mother, Carolyn
Photo Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill

Shooting survivor Kevin McCarthy, with his mother, Carolyn McCarthy, is given a jersey from Islanders players Derek King and Steve Thomas on April 8, 1994.

Helen Alexanderson Goldstone, who was injured in the
Photo Credit: Helen Alexanderson

Helen Alexanderson Goldstone, who was injured in the shooting, arrives back at her house after getting her hair done in preparation for her wedding on Jan. 8, 1994.

Mark Heaney, Kevin McCarthy and Robert Giugliano have
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Keating

Mark Heaney, Kevin McCarthy and Robert Giugliano have a toast during a lunch and interview at Newsday on Feb. 11, 1995.

Colin Ferguson is brought to court in Mineola
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Stabile

Colin Ferguson is brought to court in Mineola on Jan. 7, 1994. He was later convicted in the murders of the six LIRR commuters who died in the shooting.

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