Drive-by shooting

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For the album by the Rollins Band, see Drive by Shooting.

The tactic of drive-by shooting originated when assailants would ride up to their targets on horseback, shoot them with wheellock pistols and then ride off before they could be apprehended,[citation needed] though the modern connotation is that the shooter is in a motor vehicle. Some of the first gun control laws were developed to combat these shootings.[citation needed]

A 2006 study concluded that half of all reported drive-by shootings in the United States for that year occurred in California. [1][unreliable source?]


Military use[edit]

The British military (especially the Special Air Service) used this form of drive-by shooting in its campaigns in North Africa and France during the Second World War. Columns of heavily armed jeeps, bristling with machine guns, would drive past and sometimes through enemy positions, usually airfields and supply depots, shooting at military targets.[2]

In the first decade of the 21st century, drive-by shootings were used by militants in Iraq, including the assassinations of Waldemar Milewicz[3] and Hatem Kamil.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kirk, Arthur. "Half of Drive-by Shootings Occur in California". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ The Phantom Major: The Story of David Sterling and the Sas Regiment by Virginia Cowles , COLLINS. (January 1, 1958) and ASIN: B001DAJWNC
  3. ^ "BBC article about murder of Waldemar Milewicz". BBC News. 2004-05-07. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ "article on Hatem Kamil's assassination". BBC News. 2004-11-01. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 

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