Category: Spree Killing
Location: Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Date: April 27, 1982
Crime: Using an M1 Carbine rifle and hand grenades, this Korean police officer went on a rampage, killing 57 people and wounding 35 others. This incident, the largest known spree killing in modern history ended when Woo strapped two grenades to his chest and blew himself up.
Biography: Born on February 24, 1955, Woo Bum-kon was a provincial police officer in the mountainous region, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea. On the day of the slaughter, Woo was said to have gotten into a heated argument with his wife, after which he began drinking heavily. He then went to the police armory which was unattended due to all of the officers being at a meeting. He left the armory with two carbine rifles, 180 rounds of ammunition and seven hand grenades and promptly shot his first victim. He then began wandering through the town shooting people indiscriminately. According to survivors, over the course of the next eight hours, Woo was firing his weapon and exploding grenades while jumping around shouting like a madman. He left victims dying in the streets in five area villages. In a farmhouse, miles from his hometown, Woo detonated two grenades, killing himself and three members of the household he was in at the time.