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Dimebag Darrell killed on stage
Published on December 9, 2004 By Psikotik In Blogging
In an act that we may never know why it happened, a person rushed the stage and shot guitarist Darrell Abbott and then 3 more people in the crowd. Here is the AP story:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Headbanger rage: Five killed in shooting rampage at heavy-metal nightclub in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It looked like something out of a macabre heavy-metal video: The lights dimmed in the smoke-filled nightclub, the rock band Damageplan launched into its first thunderous riffs, and then a man in a hooded sweatshirt ran the length of the stage and opened fire, shooting the lead guitarist at least five times in the head.

In just minutes, the gunman had killed three others with his silver pistol before being shot to death by a police officer.

The rampage Wednesday night stunned the heavy metal world and left police searching for answers about what set the gunman off.

The slain guitarist, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, 38, was a driving force behind the rock band Pantera, and police are looking into reports from witnesses that the gunman was a fan irate that the hugely influential group broke up.

Some of the 500 people packed into the club to see Abbott's new band initially thought that the gunman was an excited fan or that the shootings were part of the show.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For those of us who grew up listening to Pantera, this is a sad day. He was a great influence on 90's metal and will be sorely missed. It is a shame that one deranged man can deprive the world of someone of such talent and take 3 other innocent lives in the process.


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