Shooter at Wichita fitness center moved to care home

Published On: Apr 18 2014 05:29:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2014 06:50:30 PM CDT

A 53-year-old man, who opened fire at a Wichita fitness center in 1987, is being moved from a state hospital to a care home in southeast Kansas.

According to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office, Gary Cox was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He is still mentally ill, but a Sedgwick Country judge ruled Thursday that Cox is stable enough to be moved to a residential care home.

In February of 1987, Cox began shooting at a group of men at a Nautilus Fitness Center. He killed 19-year-old Michael Turnbull. Cox said he was hallucinating before the attack and was then diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic.

He went to Larned State Hospital in 1987 and later transferred to Osawatomie in 1994.