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Military-style rifle used in murder-suicide

Monday, December 24, 2012
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— A military-style semi-automatic rifle was the weapon used in a murder-suicide early Sunday morning in Hemstreet Park, state police said.

An AR-15-type weapon was employed by Joe Fisher, 37, of Mechanicville, who shot his estranged wife's new boyfriend and then himself at about 8:16 a.m. on South Hudson Avenue in the small hamlet across the Hudson River from Mechanicville.

Fisher is accused of shooting Chris Cammuso, 24, of Mechanicville, and then turning the gun against himself while standing in the driveway of his wife's grandmother next door.

Troopers say Joseph Fisher entered the home of his estranged wife, Jamie Fisher, at 180 South Hudson Ave. After a confrontation, police say Fisher left and came back with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The Fishers’ two children, age 11 and 13, were at the scene when the shootings took place.

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December 24, 2012
5:17 p.m.
ThePhilistine says...

Jumping right on the bandwagon trying to make the public think civilians have military weapons in an effort to support whatever upcoming attempt at a ban will be. Ar 15 type weapons are nothing close to what the military has and a real story would state what weapon was used not the vague "xyz type weapon" then focus more on the tragedy and human elements left behind by this senseless act. Stop lobbying and start reporting.

December 24, 2012
5:40 p.m.
miketomm says...

If someone were to use a weapon to save a life it would never be reported - It happens thousands of times every year in the US but you never hear those stories. I wonder why.........

December 24, 2012
10:40 p.m.
charjex says...

Regarding the "military-style semi-automatic rifle", numerous other guns, just as readily available, would have produced the same result. The same result could also have been accomplished with a knife.

"60 Minutes" demonstrated many years ago that the demonized rifle (.223 caliber) is less destructive than another caliber commonly used for hunting, the .308, if I recall correctly. Various other rifles also commonly used for hunting, e.g., .243, .270, .30-06, etc., calibers are also more powerful than the .223 (AR-15). These other calibers are also available in semi-automatic form.

The .308 was previously standard issue in U.S. armed forces. The .223 packs less punch. There is some talk in military circles of discontinuing the .223 in favor of a larger caliber.

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