SALT LAKE (ABC 4 News) - It was just over 25 years ago that inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner went on a shooting rampage in a botched escape attempt.
He killed one attorney, badly injured a court bailiff and suffered a gun wound himself.
The building where the shootings took place no longer stands.
The people Garner shot have long since passed.
All that remains is the horror of that day and a date with a firing squad.
Painfully, let's return to the scene of the crime.
It was April 2nd, 1985, just before 9am.
Prisoner Ronnie LeeGardner was transported to Salt Lake's old courthouse.
He was there on charges stemming from a robbery and shooting death the year before.
But as he entered the building, Gardner suddenly grabbed a gun left in the courthouse by an accomplice.
what happened next:
"By the time the shoot-out at Met Hall was over, one attorney was dead, one guard was wounded and Ronnie Lee Gardner had a bullet hole in his lung."
Gardner was given the death sentence in November of 1985.
But one who did not live to see Gardner's execution is Nick Kirk.
Kirk was the court bailiff who Gardner shot a quarter century ago.
Badly wounded, Kirk would not return to work for half a year.
He passed away just before Christmas in 1995.
His last few years were marked by a pain that never went away, emotional pain and pain from a bullet lodged in his stomach.
Before he died, Kirk told ABC 4 about that day in April of 1985.
"When I started to turn around, that's when I seen the gun that Ronnie had. Before I could do anything, he shot me, pushed me against the wall and I went down on my knees."
Gardner, now nearly 50 years old, has spent half his life behind bars.
He also pleaded guilty to second degree murder for that 1984 crime.
In addition, he was charged with attacking another inmate with a handmade shank