GMAC Mass Shooting Turned Into Stage Play
A controversial new play is debuting this week based on the 1990 mass shooting in Baymeadows and is creating mixed feelings for those who are familiar with the tragedy.
FSCJ’s DramaWorks will present “The Repossession of James Edward Pough: Mass Shooting in Baymeadows” based on the book by FSCJ Professor Tim Gilmore. The play is based on the shooting at the GMAC Payment Center in Jacksonville where nine people lost their lives.
Considered to be one of the first workplace mass shootings in U.S. history, the massacre at the GMAC payment center in Baymeadows on June 18, 1990 shocked the nation and the city of Jacksonville. The shooter committed suicide after he killed nine people and wounded several more. The dialogue in the play is taken primarily from direct interviews with family and friends of the victims, as well as survivors of the tragedy; many of whom are still alive.
According to Gilmore’s website, the shooter walked into the GMAC (General Motors Acceptance Corporation) office before noon on June 18, 1990 with a rifle and a .38-caliber revolver.
Gilmore says that he first he shot customers Julia White Burgess, who died, and David Hendrix, who survived. Both customers had stopped by to make car payments. Then Pough took aim at employees.
In total, 12 people died, including himself by his own hand.