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At a news conference Tuesday, Mason County Sheriff's Office officials described David Wayne Campbell, 51, as a "career criminal" with multiple out-of-state felony convictions, which, on their own, made it illegal for him to possess firearms.
Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the office, noted that if Campbell had acknowledged to the court he was in possession of firearms, surrendered them and law enforcement knew of his criminal background, he could have been arrested and prosecuted.
During the investigation after the shootings, Mason County sheriff's deputies recovered six firearms from Campbell's residence, including five rifles and shotguns and one handgun.
The firearm found in Campbell's hand, a Walther PPK .380 caliber, was bought by wife Lana Carlson's late husband, Terry Carlson, Spurling said.
It is believed to be the only weapon used in the massacre, where Campbell shot Carlson, 49, two of her adopted children and a neighbor before turning the gun on himself.
Campbell portrayed himself as a retired Army colonel.
"That's what he always told everyone, including myself," Rohr said. Campbell said he was in intelligence, had been shot, stabbed and sustained 125 broken bones when an under-fire helicopter jerked and tossed him 50 to 70 feet to the ground, he said.
Gallegos believed it was a ploy to impress potential clients.