Documentary explores the LIRR Massacre 20 years later — and PIX11 revisits its original coverage

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On December 7, 1993, a gunman opened fire on a crowed Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City. After the gunman was finally subdued, six people were dead and over a dozen were injured.

The gunman, Colin Ferguson, defended himself at his 1995 trial, questioning his victims himself on the stand. Ferguson was convicted and is serving 315 years in an upstate prison.

The events changed many lives — including that of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. Her fight for gun control is something she’s still passionate about and touches upon in a film by director Charlie Minn.

LIRR massacre

Police aboard the train where the massacre occurred on Dec. 7, 1993. (WPIX, 1993)

Many family members of the victims of this tragedy spoke on camera as well as folks who witness the convicted shooter’s trial.

Minn said he wanted the documentary to focus on the victims, not the shooter. “The story really revolves around the survivors and victims,” Minn said, “We tend to glorify the killers in the media today and this is really victim driven.”

The documentary will be showing one final time at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington at 2 p.m. Congresswoman McCarthy will be in attendance and there will be a question and answer session afterward.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

1 Comment

  • Kara Gorycki

    Thank you for raising awareness about this film and the upcoming anniversary, my dad James Gorycki was one of the shooting victims and I miss him every day. Frances did a great job reporting the story.

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