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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 15, 1977
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(Studio) In New Rochelle, New York, police probe further into background of gunman Fred Cowan, who shot and killed 5 people and wounded 5 more, before killing self Monday According to "New York Post" Cowan is linked to extreme right-wing org., 2 of whose members already in New York jails for separate murders. They, too, have Nazi tattoos. Police display Cowan's arsenal.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New Rochelle, New York) [MAN - describes paraphernalia.] Police also found posters of Hitler and other Nazi memorabilia; are asked with regard to legality of weapons Cowan had at moving company [MAN - says all handguns illegal and rifle may be.] [Police commissioner William HEGARTY - says police can't be constantly informed of all possessions and regardless of legal or illegal possession, Cowan still had arms.] Hegarty says because of search and seizure laws and constitutional guarantee of right to bear arms, such events can't be prevented. [HEGARTY - notes evidence of Cowan's belonging to national organization and actions Monday came close to organization's goals.] Commissioner says organization not American Nazi Party
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Kilpatrick, Jim
Duration:
00:02:30

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