nathan gale


Photographs from the crime scene of Nathan Gale, who opened fire in a club during a heavy metal show. He began shooting during the performance of Damageplan, which featured Dimebag Darrell Abott who was an old member of the famous band Pantera. Allegedly Gale shouted out something about Pantera prior to the shooting, he was a known Pantera fan and it is thought that the break up of the band three years earlier may have been some form of motivation for the crime.

In total he killed four people, including the guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Gale himself was killed at the scene, after a police officer shot him in the face with 12 gauge shot-gun.


On December 8, 2004, [Dimebag Darrell] Abbott was shot onstage while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The gunman, Nathan Gale,shot Abbott three times in the head using a 9mm Beretta 92FS handgun;the third shot killed him instantly. Gale continued shooting, killing three others and wounding a further seven. Gale fired a total of fifteen shots, stopping to reload once and remaining silent throughout the shooting.

Early theories of motive suggested that Gale might have turned to violence in response to the breakup of Pantera, or the public dispute between Abbott and Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, but these were later ruled out by investigators.Another theory was that Gale believed Abbott had stolen a song that he had written.In the book, A Vulgar Display Of Power, several of Gale’s personal writings, given to the author by his mother, suggest that the gunman was not angry about Pantera’s breakup or a belief that Pantera had “stolen songs”; instead, the documents suggest that Gale’s paranoid schizophrenia caused delusions that the band could read his mind, and that they were “stealing” his thoughts and laughing at him.