Teen gunman dead after killing
16 in Germany
WINNENDEN, Germany (AP) —
Police say a girl seriously injured in a school shooting
near Stuttgart has died of her wounds in the hospital,
bringing the death toll to 17, including the gunman.
Police say 17-year-old Tim K.,
a former student who graduated from the Albertville high
school last year, opened fire in two classrooms early
Wednesday morning before fleeing.
He hijacked a car, triggering
a manhunt, and was found in a nearby town where he was
confronted by police and killed in the ensuing shootout.
The death toll brings the
killing on par with Germany's worst school shooting ever,
when a 19-year-old killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two
students and a police officer and himself in Erfurt in
WINNENDEN, Germany (AP) — A
17-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire at his
former high school in southwestern Germany on Wednesday
then fled in a hijacked car, killing at least 15 people
before police shot him to death, state officials said.
The gunman entered the school
in Winnenden and opened fire, shooting at random, police
said. He killed nine students, three teachers and a
passer-by outside the building, officials said.
"He went into the school with
a weapon and carried out a bloodbath," said regional
police chief Erwin Hetger. "I've never seen anything like
this in my life."
Triggering a land and air
manhunt, he hijacked a car, freed the passengers and drove
about 25 miles (40 kilometers) before police found him.
When confronted, he killed two bystanders in a shootout
with police before he was slain, Baden Wuerttemburg
governor Guenther Oettinger said. Two officers were
seriously injured, but there was no immediate information
on other casualties.
Four hours after the shootings
began, police announced the teenager's death.
It was the nation's worst
shooting since another teenage gunman killed 16 people and
himself in another high school in 2002.
Concerned parents quickly
swarmed the school, which was evacuated.
Police have have identified
the gunman only as Tim K, who graduated last year from the
school of about 1,000 students.
The German government was
"deeply shocked and incensed about the appalling killing
spree," Ulrich Wilhelm, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela
Merkel, said in Berlin.
In 2002, 19-year-old Robert
Steinhaeuser shot and killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two
students and a police officer before turning his gun on
himself in the Gutenberg high school in Erfurt, in eastern
Steinhaeuser, who had been
expelled for forging a doctor's note, was a gun club
member licensed to own weapons. The attack led Germany to
raise the age for owning recreational firearms from 18 to
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Gunman Opens Fire at Northern
Hospital Reports 17 Victims
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, February 14, 2008; 7:07 PM
NOTE: A later
report at 7:41 p.m. states that 5 are dead.
A gunman armed with a
shotgun burst into a lecture hall at Northern Illinois
University this afternoon and opened fire,
wounding at least 17 people, three critically, before taking his own
life, authorities said.
described by witnesses as a thin white
male dressed in black and wearing a
stocking cap, entered Cole Hall on the
university's campus in DeKalb, Ill., and
began shooting at students and a teacher
in a science class, witnesses told a local
radio station and a student newspaper.
At least 17
people were taken to Kishwaukee Community
Hospital to be treated for injuries, the
hospital said on its Web site. It said
earlier that four victims with head wounds
said that it had no fatalities among the
patients brought there, although one of
three patients in critical condition was
airlifted to another hospital in Rockford,
Ill., about 30 miles away. The hospital
said eight of the victims were "stable"
and six were in "good condition." It said
it did not expect to transfer any other
announced late this afternoon that the
gunman had killed himself. It said police
confirmed "that the shooter is dead by a
Agents of the
federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives were assisting
local authorities at the scene, the
Chicago Tribune reported. A spokesman for
the agency, Thomas Ahern, said he did not
know if the shooter was a student or what
his motive might have been.
first reported the incident at 3:20 p.m.
Central time, saying there was "a report
of a possible gunman on campus" and urging
people to "get to a safe area."
Authorities confirmed 30 minutes later
that a shooting had taken place and
promptly canceled classes.
later reported that "the immediate danger
has passed" and that "the gunman is no
longer a threat." It said the campus will
be closed tomorrow and that students could
go to residence halls for counseling.
Komitas, a spokeswoman for Kishwaukee
Community Hospital said the hospital
initially received four patients with head
wounds but that there was no immediate
information on their condition.
her facility is the closest hospital to
the shooting and that victims were
expected to be sent there first before
being transferred elsewhere if necessary.
all the staff in," she said. Komitas said
the hospital would keep the public updated
on the number of injured and their
conditions via its Web site.
university, which has a student enrollment
of more than 25,000 and is located in
DeKalb, about 65 miles west of Chicago,
canceled all classes and urged people to
stay away from campus. The university's
main campus in DeKalb covers 755 acres.
A witness told
WBBM radio that the gunman entered a
science class through an emergency exit --
shotgun in hand -- and began shooting
toward the middle of the lecture hall. The
shooter then began firing toward the
professor, according to the witness.
Cosgrove, a student who was in the room
when the gunman started shooting, said in
an interview on WBBM that he appeared to
be aiming at certain people.
"He was quiet.
He stood on the stage in the front of the
room," said Cosgrove, who described the
shooter as a white male about six feet
tall. "I saw him holding the gun and it
was huge. I thought it was fake and then I
realized he was actually shooting at
people and I got down. . . . I have blood
all over my clothes."
student who was in the room, George
Gaynor, said the shooter was "a skinny
white guy with a stocking cap on," the
campus newspaper Northern Star reported on
its Web site. He described the scene as
terrifying and chaotic. "Some girl got hit
in the eye; a guy got hit in the leg," the
paper quoted Gaynor as saying outside the
hall minutes after the shooting.
In April of
last year, a student with a history of
mental problems killed 32 people in a
shooting rampage at Virginia Tech before
taking his own life, the worst rampage in
U.S. history. A review by a
state-appointed panel after the shooting
criticized Virginia Tech administrators
for failing to take quicker action in
shutting down the campus, saying it might
have reduced casualties.
Illinois University faced a threat of
violence as recently as two months ago.
University officials closed the school for
a day in early December and rescheduled
some final exams after students found two
separate threats scrawled on a bathroom
wall in a residence hall, according to
local news reports at the time.
included racial slurs aimed at black
students and references to the Virginia
Tech shootings. Several black students
were quoted in news stories as saying they
felt unsafe on campus, even with an
increased police presence.
In a Dec. 11
message to all students, NIU President
John G. Peters said the graffiti was
considered a "credible threat." He said
school officials had ordered a police
presence around all final exam sites after
the campus reopened.
"Events of the
past several days remind all of us that
community is more than a word, and that
threats against a group are a threat to us
all," Peters wrote.
More than 90
percent of students at the university,
which was chartered in 1895, are from
Illinois. Racial minorities make up 26
percent of the student population.
shooting called a hate crime
today alleged that the shooting of 15-year-old
eighth-grader at an Oxnard campus by a classmate was a hate
The 14-year-old defendant was charged with
premeditated murder with a special allegation of
using a firearm in the commission of a hate crime.
The victim, Lawrence King, who was declared brain
dead on Wednesday.
ask that the boy be tried as an adult once King is
taken off a ventilator, said senior Deputy Dist.
Atty. Maeve Fox. She declined to discuss the
"We've never had a violent shooting like this in
Ventura County," Fox said. "It's very tragic."
Defense attorney Brian Vogel said the defendant
and his family, who were in court for his
arraignment hearing, said that they were also
The boy and his "family are terribly sad to learn
that [King] is brain dead," Vogel said.
He said the defendant, whose name is being
withheld because of his age, did not have a prior
criminal history and was generally a good student.
Vogel said the boy just turned 14 on Jan. 24.
King was shot in the head early Tuesday in a
classroom full of students at E.O. Green Junior
Police said the suspect shot King
at least twice at the beginning of their
first-period English class and then fled the
campus. The boy was apprehended by police a few
Several students at the south Oxnard campus said
King and his alleged assailant had a falling-out
stemming from King's sexual orientation. The teenager
sometimes wore feminine clothing and makeup, and
proclaimed he was gay, students said.
"He would come to school in high-heeled boots,
makeup, jewelry and painted nails -- the whole
thing," said Michael Sweeney, 13, an
eighth-grader. "That was freaking the guys out."
Student Juan Sandoval, 14, said he shared a
fourth-period algebra class with the suspect, whom
he described as a calm, smart student who played
on the basketball team.
"I didn't think he was that kind of kid," Sandoval
said. "I guess you never know. He made a big
"Their lives are both destroyed now," said student
Hansley Rivera, 12.
Several students said that a day before the
shooting, King and several boys had some kind of
altercation during the lunch period.
Jay Richard Smith, executive director of Ventura
County Rainbow Alliance, a nonprofit group which
advocates gay and lesbian rights, attended today's
court hearing and said his group would be keeping
a close eye on the trial.
"This is an equality issue," he said. "Every child
should be able to go to school and be safe. We
want to make sure that happens."
Bullying in schools has long been a problem. But
recent studies show that a student who comes "out"
as gay or lesbian is far more likely to suffer
abuse than others, said Kevin Jennings, executive
director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Education Network based in
A student thought to be gay was five times as
likely to be threatened or injured by a weapon, a
2002 California Department of Education study
Jennings said other studies have
found similar results. His group advocates more
teacher training on how to handle bullying and
harassment, specifically of gay students.
"This Oxnard shooting is very upsetting but not
surprising," Jennings said. "The real issue is not
the kid coming out, but the kid sitting next to
him. Schools must teach that we may not like one
another, but we must respect one another."
Teachers and counselors at E.O. Green Junior High,
meanwhile, sought to calm fears about escalating
violence at the south Oxnard campus. Hueneme
School District Supt. Jerry Dannenberg said the
school would have extra staff and police on campus
for the next few days.
Counselors will be on hand as long as needed,
Dannenberg said. The school district will hold a
meeting for parents next week to discuss concerns.
This week's shooting was a first, not only for the
school but for all of Ventura County, which has
never before seen a classroom fatality.
Witnesses Say They Saw Gunman In SE School
Alleged Shooter, Others Reportedly Seen Yelling
POSTED: 7:30 am EST
February 13, 2008
Deidrick Johnson, 17, is being held without bond
on charges of assault with intent to kill in the
shooting Jan. 22.
The charging documents said a witness told
charging documents say the teenager accused of
shooting four students near Ballou High School
in Southeast Washington fired shots from the
open sunroof of a passing car.
Johnson, 17, is being held without bond on
charges of assault with intent to kill in the
shooting Jan. 22.
charging documents said a witness told police
that Johnson and others with him were seen
driving near the school before the shooting and
shoulting "Oy" at pedestrians. According to the
documents, "Oy" is a code word for the Barry
Farm housing complex, where Johnson lived.
Johnson is charged
as an adult and faces a court hearing Feb. 25.
He's also charged in a drive-by shooting 11 days
earlier in January that wounded five people.
Student charged in Memphis
Published: Feb. 11, 2008 at
MEMPHIS, TN (UPI) --
Memphis police charged a Mitchell High School
student with attempted first-degree murder after a
Monday shooting that left a classmate in critical
Sophomore Corneilous Cheers, 17, allegedly shot
senior Stacey Dominique Kiser Monday morning during
a physical education class in the school cafeteria.
In addition to the attempted murder count, Cheers
also was charged with carrying a weapon on school
property, unlawful possession of a weapon and
reckless endangerment, The (Memphis) Commercial
Kiser was listed in critical condition at Regional
Medical Center at Memphis. His sister, Brooke Kiser,
22, said he was shot in the neck, groin and leg.
She also attributed the shooting to gang-related
Mitchell High Principal John Ware said the suspect
shot the victim, then gave the gun to the coach.
"It's over now," Ware quoted Cheers as saying.
Blames Victim in Mitchell Shooting
12 Feb. 2008, 4:22 p.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WHBQ
FOX13 myfoxmemphis.com) --
The 17-year-old student who shot his classmate
three times inside Mitchell High School faced a
judge Tuesday. Prosecutors are still deciding if
he'll be charged as an adult.
It was a fast hearing, but the 17-year-old will
stay locked up under the juvenile court system
until his next court hearing in two weeks. The
judge wanted to give his family time to hire an
Surrounded by family and friends, the father of
the alleged shooter walked out of Juvenile Court
Tuesday with nothing to say.
Police said the Mitchell
High School sophomore shot his classmate
19-year-old Stacey Kiser, a senior, three times
inside the cafeteria Monday morning.
Prosecutors said they're leaning toward charging
the sophomore as an adult. He's facing attempted
first degree murder.
As the accused teen's family looks for an
attorney, Kiser's grandfather is sitting by his
"They just got him so sedated," said the victim's
grandfather William Kiser. "He can nod his head
and he just held my hand. He's doing pretty good."
Mitchell High School's principle said the shooting
stemmed from a fight the students got into during
the weekend. He said the sophomore walked up to
Kiser, shot him and then handed the gun to a
football coach nearby saying "It's over."
Over the phone, his step-mother said Kiser caused
the shooting. She said he recently flashed a gun
at her son and continuously threatened him. She
said her step-son was tired of being bullied and
they had a history of fighting.
Kiser's sister, who didn't want to be identified,
said she thought the shooting was gang related but
Both teens have been in
trouble with the law before. Kiser's been arrested
for burglary, misdemeanor assault and promoting
gambling. Before being charged with attempted first
degree murder, the accused shooter had one
misdemeanor assault charge.
Now he faces a laundry list of charges.
The sophomore has also been charged with carrying a
gun and they tacked another charge on for carrying
it on school property.
Police are trying to find out where he got the gun.
The 17-year-old will face a judge again February 27.
That's when he'll find out if he's being charged as
Suspect in Ohio School Shooting Dies
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A
teacher's husband charged into her fifth-grade classroom
Thursday morning, then stabbed and shot her as students
watched, police said. He was later found dead in his home
after a standoff with police.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.
Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A
teacher's husband charged into her fifth-grade classroom
Thursday morning, then stabbed and shot her as students
watched, police said. He fled and was believed to be holed up
in a nearby home.
Emmaly Baker, a student at Notre
Dame Elementary, said she hid in the clasroom's coatroom when
the gunman came in. The teacher was in critical condition.
"We heard gunshots, and we heard
her yelling. I was scared," she told WSAZ-TV. "The police
officer came and got us and she was still laying there and she
was hurt really bad."
Later in the day, SWAT teams
surrounded a home near the school where they believe the
suspect fled. Neighbors heard shots fired at the house.
Kim Harris, who cares for a man
who lives next door, said at one point police fired at the
house after gunshots came from inside the home. Police "told
us to get down on the floor and stay in the back of the
house," she said.
Another person was stabbed in town
before the shooting, and authorities believed it was connected
to the teacher's shooting, Portsmouth police Capt. Rob Ware
said. He did not elaborate.
The shooting happened around 9
a.m. at the Catholic school on the main road in Portsmouth, a
community in southern Ohio near the Kentucky border.
Parents, many with cell phones
clutched to their ears, congregated and began leaving with
their children around 10:30 a.m., said Kathy Hall, the office
manager at the Cornerstone United Methodist Church across the
street from the school.
"I wasn't afraid for my own
safety, I was afraid for the children, because these turn out
so terrible, you know," said Hall.
The scene was chaotic with police
cars and few ambulances descending on the school, and the fire
department blocked off the street.
The school and another Catholic
school nearby were locked down, said Deacon Tom Berg, vice
chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The
diocese was sending a crisis team.
Public schools also were put on
lockdown, said Superintendent Jan Broughton, who oversees the
community's public schools.
SuccessTech Academy High School
Shooting, Police: Gunman Dead, 4 Shot
by Jack Ryan
Success Tech Academy
in East Cleveland, Ohio Shooting: The
14-year-old gunman that shot four victims
appears to have shot and killed himself.
The student, who was
believed to have been placed under arrest
after he went on a shooting rampage at the
non-traditional East Cleveland High School, is
dead after shooting 2 students and 2 adults.
Success Tech Academy student opened fire in
the school, shooting at least 2 students and 2
The shooter was
reportedly angry after being suspended earlier
this week and showed up at the school today
during eighth period with two guns, one in
shootings took place on the third
and fourth floor as the principal
yelled "code blue" over the PA
system. The shooter was walking
through the hallways while firing
reports that police have confirmed
the shooter is dead and appears to
have shot himself.
Success Tech Academy has been
secured after S.W.A.T. ran a
room-by-room sweep. The 2 students
shot have non life-threatening
injuries and the adults' conditions
are slightly elevated.
According to the Mayor, 2 adults and
2 students have been shot, all male.
The mayor has claimed a total of 5
have been injured - one being a
14-year-old girl who scraped her
knee while trying to escape from the
school. She was not shot.
student reportedly came running out
of the building screaming "Have I
been shot?!" - He had two bullet
wounds in his back.
student was told by the gunman he
had plans to open fire in the school
- the student thought he was
"kidding". The gunman said 'I'll
call you before I shoot', but the
fellow student never received a
Did Asa Coon leave a clue
NOTE: The myspace
account was a hoax by someone else.
October 11, 2007 10:05AM
Asa Coon, the Cleveland teenager who opened fire
Wednesday at his downtown high school, may have posted
an ominous message on a social networking site the
night before the shooting.
"I'm sick and tired of this s---." a person
identifying himself as Asa wrote Tuesday night on a
Myspace page. "People at school -- me off all the
time, the teachers are all -- . i got suspended
yesterday for fighting with some -- even though he
started s-- with me. f--- all of them, i hate everyone
there. i hate the school and i hate f--- cleveland."
While it's unclear whether the message and the related
profile page is actually Asa's, the page features
music by rocker Marilyn Manson, whom Asa idolized. A
brief biography on the page, describes Asa as slim
14-year-old boy from Cleveland who is an atheist. Asa,
who was 14-years-old and is known to have argued with
fellow students over religion, was a chubby teen.
UPDATE: The Asa Coon Myspace page was not available
Wednesday on the networking site, according to
repeated searches conducted that day, adding to the
uncertainty of the site's author.
More than 170 messages have been linked to the Asa's
rules Asa's death a suicide
Complete coverage from The Plain Dealer
Asa Coon MySpace
page a fake
October 11, 2007 12:27PM
A Utah teenager
has admitted creating a fake Asa Coon
Web page on the social networking site
Posing as the gunman in Wednesday's
shooting at Success Tech Academy in
Cleveland, the 19-year-old creator of
the fake Web site said in an email
exchange with the Plain Dealer: "I don't
generally give out personal information
... I, like many others (search for any
famous person) make fake profiles on
MySpace for the sole purpose of giving
people a place to vent their thoughts
national television news organizations
and Web sites have quoted from Coon's
page as real. Coon killed himself after
shooting two teachers and two students.
"I realize I
should put a disclaimer of sorts stating
that this isn't the Official Asa H. Coon
MySpace, but I believe if I did do that
people wouldn't express their feelings,"
said the page creator who published the
information at approximately 9:30 pm
Pacific Standard Time, 12:30 am here.
"I've been reading the comments on the
stories on the major Cleveland News
Agency websites, and I hear a lot of
anger. When people do believe this is
Asa Coon's MySpace, and they know that
he will never read these, the people are
inclined to express their true thoughts
and feelings, if that makes much sense.
who lives in Orem, said he found a photo
of "Asa Coon" after searching for "Goth
kid" on www.photobucket.com, a site
where people share photos.
also claims credit for creating a fake
Myspace profile for the Virginia Tech
shooter, Seung-Hui Cho.
that profile late in the event happened,
and throughout that week and weekend the
page accumulated over 300,000 page
views, as well as 20,000 blog comments,"
he says. "The Seung-Hui Cho profile was
removed from MySpace after many people
reported it, and I expect this profile
will disappear in the next few days."
Asa Coon page was removed from
Myspace.com about 12:30 p.m. Cleveland
33 DEAD IN SHOOTING RAMPAGE AT VIRGINIA TECH (updated
gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on
Monday, killing 33 people and wounding another 21 before he was
killed, police said.
The university said in a news release there were multiple victims.
The shootings happened at West Ambler Johnston, a residence hall and
an engineering building, Norris Hall, on opposite sides of the
"There has been a multiple shooting with multiple victims," the Web
Students were asked to stay in their homes away from windows.
"There's just a lot of commotion. It's hard to tell exactly what's
going on," said student Jason Anthony Smith, 19, who lives in the
building where shooting took place.
The initial shooting was reported at West Ambler Johnston Hall,
which houses nearly 900 students.
Officials ordered the campus closed, the second time in less than a
year the 26,000-student campus was shut because of a shooting.
In August 2006, the opening day of classes was canceled and the
campus closed when an escaped jail inmate
allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the
Tech area. A sheriff's deputy involved in the manhunt was killed on
a trail just off campus.
The accused gunman, William Morva, faces capital murder charges.
NOTE: The gunman in this case is dead.
Copyright 2007 The Associated
Press. All rights reserved
Shooting on Virgina Tech Campus
Leaves 33 Dead (updated number)
(AXcess News) Washington -
An unknown assailant took the lives of at
least 31 students at Blacksburg, Virginia Tech
University this morning at two campus
locations. The University said on a post on
its website that police shot and killed one
suspected gunman. Another 21 students
were being treated for gunshot wounds at two
locations; Montgomery Regional Hospital was
treating 17 students who'd been shot and
another 4, one in critical condition, were
being treated at Carilion New River Valley
Medical Center in Christiansburg.
Virginia Tech President
Charles Steger said during a press conference
shortly after noon. "I cannot begin to convey
my own personal sense of loss over this
senseless, incomprehensible, heinous act."
Reports contradict the University's earlier
post about a gunman having been killed. Local
police say they have one suspect in custody in
the shooting and are searching the Tech school
for a possible second gunman at this time.
The shootings took place at two locations
at Virginia Tech;
Ambler Johnston, sometime around 7 to 8am and
Norris Hall around 10am.
Police are on the scene
and are investigating along with the FBI.
Virginia Tech has the
largest full-time student population in
Virginia, with more than 25,000 students. It
consists of eight colleges and graduate school
and offers 60 bachelor's degree programs and
140 master's and doctoral degree programs.
The main campus includes
more than 100 buildings located on 2,600
acres, and includes an airport.
– THE DETAILS YOU HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT YET! –
JILTED LOVER WITH AN EXPRESSIONLESS LOOK
SHOWING NO EMOTION LIKE THAT OF A MIND
CONTROLLED, PROGRAMMED ASSASSIN! / WAS HE
UNDER SOME KIND OF
HYPNOTIC TRANCE?! / JEALOUS LOVER TIFF IN THE
DORMITORY ... THEN THE UNIVERISTY CRAZED
KILLER BEGAN HIS DEADLY, MIND-BOGGLING, BLOODY
SHOOTING RAMPAGE! –
By David Williams, Staff Writer, The Daily
Mail, Associated News Media,
Tuesday, April 17,2007
– FIRING SQUAD: Terrified
students lined up against the wall of their
classroom and shot, execution-style.
– NO WAY OUT: Doors chained shut by the killer
to keep his victims in and police out.
– BODIES EVERYWHERE: Blood-soaked bodies piled
on top of each other.
These were the scenes of almost inconceivable
horror at Virginia Tech University yesterday
as a gunman claimed at least 32 lives before
He was said to have quarrelled in a dormitory
with his girlfriend, whom he believed had been
seeing another man. A student adviser was
called to sort out the row. But the killer
produced a gun and SHOT DEAD BOTH HIS
GIRLFRIEND AND THE ADVISER.
Two hours later he rampaged through an
engineering building on the other side of the
campus in the town of Blacksburg, killing
Student Matt Maroney said: "He had an ungodly
amount of ammo on him. He was just dressed in
a vest filled with clips and started firing
away at classrooms."
Another witness said of the killer: "He had a
smile on his face but THERE WAS NO EMOTION IN
Last night, with 15 more victims injured and
the death toll expected to rise further,
police and university authorities faced stark
questions about their failure to act during
the crucial two hours and prevent America's
Some students continued their work unaware
there was a killer in their midst, while
university authorities merely sent round an
email saying that a shooting was being
investigated. The gunman was said to be of
Asian appearance and dressed in maroon hat,
leather jacket and black-military style
shooting vest. (He was from South Korea)
He had ammunition strapped across his chest as
he calmly walked from room to room refilling
his two 9 mm handguns as he shot students. He
locked the doors of several classrooms to stop
Some terrified students jumped for their lives
from the fourth floor windows, while others
used desks to barricade doors.
David Jenkins said: "I know one person who was
in a room when the shooter came in and
everyone was shot. TO ESCAPE this person lay
on the floor and PLAYED DEAD."
Several teachers were among those shot.
Student Derek O'Dell, who was hit in the arm,
spoke of his terror as he faced the killer.
"He came into our room and started shooting,"
"He let off a full round of bullets and I was
probably one of ten or 15 people hit. There
was no warning. It was just random shooting.
He didn't say anything. He just shot and left.
A lot of my classmates were hit, and possibly
my professor too.
"The people who were less critical like myself
were able to hold the door shut because he
tried to get back inside our room. He tried
shooting through the door at us.
"Then the police came into our hall and
cleared the hall and we all managed to get out
to where ambulances were waiting for us."
Virginia Tech president Charles Steger said:
"The university was struck with a tragedy that
we consider of monumental proportions ... the
university is shocked and indeed horrified."
He said authorities at first believed that the
first shooting at the dorm was a domestic
dispute and that the gunman had fled the
campus. He added: "We can only make decisions
based on the information you had on the time.
You don't have hours to reflect on it."
The sprawling 2,600-acre campus of 25,000
students housed in 100 buildings had been
closed down twice in the last ten days after
bomb scares. It was unclear whether the bomb
threats were related or whether the gunman had
any possible terror associations.
The first shootings yesterday took place at
7.15 a.m. (12.15 p.m. British time) at the
West Ambler Johnston complex, a coeducational
hall of residence which houses 895 students.
Security there is said to have been tight with
individual identity passes used to enter the
An immediate lockdown was ordered with
students told to remain in their rooms and
away from windows as police and security
officials swamped the area. As some students
fled the scene, they were tackled to the
ground and handcuffed by police seeking to
stop the killer fleeing in the chaos.
However other students around the campus were
allowed to leave for their 8 a.m. classes.
Police said they were still investigating the
shooting at the dormitory when authorities got
word of gunfire at Norris Hall, the
The gunman appeared to pick his victims
indiscriminately. Some, for no apparent
reason, he spared. Others he shot from less
than 10ft away. He is then said to have turned
one of his guns on himself despite still
having ammunition available.
Student Jason Piatt said: "I'm pretty outraged
that someone died in a shooting in a dorm at 7
a.m. and the first e-mail about it had no
mention of locking down the campus, no mention
of cancelling classes.
"They just mentioned that they were
investigating a shooting. That's pretty
ridiculous. Meanwhile, while they sent out
that email, all these people got killed."
Student Matt Maloney told how terrified
students used desks to barricade themselves in
their classrooms as the gunman walked down the
main corridor blasting off shots. He said he
saw several badly wounded students being led
away while others had been injured leaping for
their lives from upstairs windows.
Josh Wargo was one of those who jumped. He
said: "I was in an engineering class. We all
of a sudden heard loud banging noises. We
heard screaming through the walls and everyone
started to panic and jumping out of the
"We heard 40 or 50 shots. They went on for
almost two minutes. The window I jumped out of
was two or three storeys up. When I landed I
was in a daze, standing outside of the
building. Some of my friends got shot. They
told me my professor was shot in the face."
Tiffany Otey, who was one floor up in the
Norris Building, said that when the gunfire
started she and about 20 other students went
to a teacher's office and locked the door.
"The gunshots were going off downstairs and
half of our classmates were downstairs," said
"We were just sitting there as if the shooter
was going to come up the next floor.
"Maybe ten minutes later we were in the room
when police arrived. They told us to put our
hands above our heads and if we did not put
our hands above our heads we will shoot you.
We were running out of the building
The shooting will re-open the often heated
debate over gun controls in the U.S., whose
Constitution declares that the people's right
to bear arms must not be infringed.
A sombre President Bush went on TV last night
to say: "Schools should be places of safety,
sanctuary and learning. When that sanctuary is
violated, the impact is felt in every American
classroom, in every American community.
"We hold the victims in our hearts. We lift
them up in our prayers."
FAST FACTS ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH:
School Type: First Tier
National Ranking: #80
Overall Score: 48 out of 100
Peer Assessment: 3.4 out of 5.0
Average Freshman Retenion Rate: 87%
% of Faculty Who Are Full Time: 95%
SAT/ACT Scores: 1110-1290
Freshmen in Top 10% of Their Class: 37%
Acceptance Rate: 72%
Average Alumni Giving Rate: 21%
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Virginia Tech's
ENGINEERING SCHOOL is ranked #18 in the nation
... AND ... it is ranked #35 in "The TOP 50
PUBLIC NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES"
(U C Berkeley is #1 and UCLA is #4)
SOURCE: 2007 U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT's "AMERICA's
BEST COLLEGES" (pp. 82, 85, 112, 114)
© 2007 Associated New Media
There is more
than one thing going on here. The shooter
is said to be a South Korean citizen. (His
parents live in the U.S.)
not just an
'Asian'. (His name sounds Chinese) Too many
people already know that the Chinese are
trying to take over the U.S. First thing
they want to do is make us weak. First
thing they did was to weaken our economy and
buy everything out from under us - make sure
their good were cheap so we didn't have jobs
because U.S. companies used 'their employees
instead of ours. Hardly anyone speaks good
English if you have to call for tech support
or get called from a credit card company -
Notice that? Then the U.S. will use this
incident - once again to get the guns out of
our hands so we can't defend ourselves. The
first thing we have to do is go out and buy
Early details about the
horrific school shooting
at Virginia Tech
strongly indicate that
these events represent a
that will be exploited
in the coming days to
push for mass gun
control and further
turning our schools into
Eyewitness Matt Kazee
told the Alex Jones Show
that it was a full two
to three hours after the
shootings began that
around the campus were
used to warn students to
stay indoors and that a
shooter was on the
Quite how the killer was
afforded so much time
before any action was
taken to stop him is
considering the fact
that the campus,
according to Kazee, was
crawling with police
before the event
happened due to numerous
bomb threats that had
been phoned in last
The shootings came three
days after a bomb threat
Friday forced the
cancellation of classes
in three buildings, WDBJ
in Roanoke reported.
Torgersen Hall was
evacuated April 2 after
police received a
written bomb threat, The
Roanoke Times reported.
quoted a student
who was outraged at the
delay in identifying and
stopping the killer.
"What happened today
this was ridiculous. And
I don't know what
happened or what was
going through this guy's
mind," student Jason
Piatt told CNN. "But I'm
pretty outraged and I'll
say on the record I'm
pretty outraged that
someone died in a
shooting in a dorm at 7
o'clock in the morning
and the first e-mail
about it — no mention of
locking down campus, no
mention of canceling
classes — they just
mention that they're
investigating a shooting
two hours later at
He added: "That's pretty
meanwhile, while they're
sending out that e-mail,
22 more people got
The details that are
beginning to emerge fill
the criteria that this
could very well be
black-op that will be
used as justification
for more gun control and
turing our schools into
prisons, festooned with
surveillance cameras and
biometric scanning to
Ironic therefore it is
that Virginia is a
concealed carry state
and yet Virginia Tech
recently enforced a
possession, storage or
control" of firearms on
campus. According to gun
rights activists such as
Aaron Zelman of Jews For
The Preservation of
Firearms, VA Tech has
"blood on its hands" for
disarming the victims
who could potentially
have defended themselves
against the killer.
suggested there were two
shooters, but the story
quickly changed to just
one shooter who later
killed himself (as
happens in almost all
these cases) or was shot
describe police hiding
behind trees and failing
to pursue the killer,
while ordering the
school to be placed on
lockdown so nobody could
escape the carnage as
the killer picked off
his targets with
interruption from the
At the moment, the
official death toll is
30, but could rise,
making this the
shooting in history.
If these figures are
accurate, the casualty
figures surpass those of
the school shooting at
Columbine in 1999 when
Dylan Klebold and Eric
Harris killed 12
students and a teacher
is well documented that
over the incident at
Columbine. It is clear
that authorities had
prior knowledge of what
was going to happen.
Observers were in the
area hours before the
shooting took place.
Articles from the
stated that ballistics
from Columbine show that
six of the thirteen
victims were possibly
shot and killed by
Jefferson County SWAT.
addition, it was never
properly explained how
Klebold and Harris were
transport over 100 bombs
into the school before
the shootings began.
In the aftermath of
Columbine there were
calls for vastly
increased gun control
laws, more than 15 state
significant gun control
bills or dropped
In 1996 a similar
incident occurred in
Dunblane in Scotland
where sixteen children
and one adult were
killed. The resulting
tighter control of
public feeling had
turned against private
gun ownership, allowing
a much more restrictive
ban on handguns to pass.
then emerged that the
killer Thomas Hamilton
heavily involved in
as well as running clubs
for young boys, a fact
which Labour and Tory
in correspondence to
each other. A a
100-year public secrecy
was placed on the
documents, along with
the majority of other
information relating to
the case including the
police report. There
have been allegations
that the lengthy closure
order was placed on the
report after it linked
Hamilton to figures in
two senior politicians
and a lawyer.
In both the Dunblane and
Columbine cases the
shooters turned the guns
on themselves after the
killing spree was over.
Threats rattle 3
universities, 2 schools
forced lock-downs and
universities in Texas,
Oklahoma and Tennessee
and two public schools
in Louisiana on
Tuesday, a day after a
rampage killed 33
parents picked up
hundreds of students
from Bogalusa's high
school and middle
school amid reports
that a man had been
threatening a mass
killing in a note that
alluded to the murders
at Virginia Tech.
Payne said both
schools were locked
down and police
arrested a 53-year-old
man who allegedly made
the threat in a note
he gave to a student
headed to the private
Bowling Green School
in Franklinton, in
referred to what
happened at Virginia
Tech," Payne said. "It
said something like,
'If you think that was
bad, then you haven't
seen anything yet."
buildings at St.
after a threatening
note was found, a
school official said.
the campus perimeter
and were searching the
Amador said. She
declined to say where
the note was found and
said its contents were
The two other
scares were determined
to be unfounded.
ordered three campus
for almost two hours
Tuesday morning in
response to a
telephone bomb threat.
The city's bomb squad
searched the buildings
but found nothing,
campus spokesman Chuck
there was no reason to
believe the bogus
threat was related to
the shootings at
Virginia Tech, but "we
just chose to err on
the side of caution
The other, at
the University of
Oklahoma, had started
with a report of a man
spotted on campus
carrying a suspicious
The man was
carrying an umbrella,
not a weapon, and he
University of Oklahoma
President David Boren
said in a statement.
Boren initially had
said the person was
believed to carrying a
consider the matter
closed," Boren said.
"We always want to err
on the side of caution
in a situation like
Edward's in Austin,
students who live on
campus were being
allowed to return to
their dormitories as
building, Amador said.
Faculty, staff and all
other students were
asked to stay away
from the campus, and
morning and afternoon
classes were canceled.
About 5,200 students
are enrolled at the
south of downtown
reaction was not
influenced by Monday's
attack at Virginia
what day or when this
would have happened,
we will always take
precautions to protect
our students, our
faculty, our staff,
the entire university
community," she said.
of how the
call for a
and not go
At a press
dorm was a
"We had no
you had on
the end of
as much as
He said no
said he is
He said he
as it did
class of a
Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This'
23-Year-Old Shooter, Wrote 'Disturbing' Note
and Violent Plays
POTTER, DAVID SCHOETZ, RICHARD ESPOSITO,
PIERRE THOMAS and the staff of ABC News
17, 2007 — Seung-Hui
Cho, the student who killed 32 people
and then himself yesterday, left a long
and "disturbing" note in his dorm room
at Virginia Tech, say law enforcement
also wrote at least two violent plays
for an English course that worried his
professor and several classmates.
described the note, which runs several
pages, as beginning in the present tense
and then shifting to the past. It
contains rhetoric explaining Cho's
actions and says, "You caused me to do
this," the sources told ABC News.
Sources say Cho, 23, killed two people
in a dorm room, returned to his own dorm
room where he re-armed and left the
note, then went to a classroom building
on the other side of campus. There, he
killed 30 more people in four classrooms
before shooting himself in the head.
say he was stone-faced as he opened
fire. Law-enforcement sources say he may
have had a romantic interest in a young
woman who was found dead after the first
Lucinda Roy, a co-director of the
creative writing program at Virginia
Tech, taught Cho in a poetry class in
fall of 2005 and later worked with him
one-on-one after she became concerned
about his behavior and themes in his
spoke outside her home Tuesday
afternoon, saying that there was nothing
explicit in Cho's writings, but that
threats were there under the surface.
told ABC News that Cho seemed
"extraordinarily lonely—the loneliest
person I have ever met in my life." She
said he wore sunglasses indoors, with a
cap pulled low over his eyes. He
whispered, took 20 seconds to answer
questions, and took cellphone pictures
of her in class. Roy said she was
concerned for her safety when she met
said she notified authorities about Cho,
but said she was told that there would
be too many legal hurdles to intervene.
She said she asked him to go to
counseling, but he never did.
play attributed to him, called "Richard
McBeef," describes a 13-year-old boy who
accuses his stepfather of pedophilia,
and ends with the boy's death.
another, called "Mr. Brownstone," three
high-school students face an abusive
wanna kill him," says one character.
wanna watch him bleed like the way he
made us kids bleed," says another.
The two plays were posted on AOL
after a staffer named Ian
MacFarlane, a December 2006
graduate of Virginia Tech, brought
them to his editors' attention.
MacFarlane said he was in a class
with Cho in which students were
required to post their plays
online for peer review and
editors verified the authenticity
of Cho's works before posting
them, according to Alysia Lew of
AOL Corporate Communications.
a late-afternoon news conference,
police said they had searched
Cho's dorm room. "There were
considerable writings that were
reviewed," said Col. Steven
Flaherty, Superintendent of the
Virginia State Police.
'Troubled' Young Man
Some news accounts have suggested
that Cho had a history of
antidepressant use, but senior
federal officials tell ABC News
that they can find no record of
such medication in the
government's files. This does not
completely rule out prescription
drug use, including samples from a
physician, drugs obtained through
illegal Internet sources, or a gap
in the federal database, but the
sources say theirs is a reasonably
Cho, born in South Korea, was a
legal resident alien of the United
States. He was a senior at
Virginia Tech, majoring in
Sources tell ABC News Cho bought
his first gun, a Glock 9
millimeter handgun, on March 13;
they say he bought his second, a
Walther .22 caliber pistol, within
the last week. The serial numbers
on both guns had been filed off,
Authorities found the receipt for
the 9 millimeter handgun in Cho's
backpack. They say the bag also
contained two knives and
additional ammunition for the two
Legal permanent resident aliens
may purchase firearms in the state
of Virginia. A resident alien
must, however, provide additional
identification to prove he or she
is a resident of the state.
Sections of chain similar to those
used to lock the main doors at
Norris Hall, the site of the
second shooting that left 31 dead,
were also found inside a Virginia
Tech dormitory, sources confirmed
to ABC News.
President Bush and the first lady
addressed the Virginia Tech
community at a convocation Tuesday
"Yesterday began like any other
day. Students woke up and they
grabbed their backpacks and they
headed for class," Bush said. "And
soon the day took a dark turn,
with students and faculty
barricading themselves in
classrooms and dormitories."
"For many of you here today, it
was the worst day in your lives,"
Cho's identity has been confirmed
by matching fingerprints on his
guns with his immigration records.
"Lab results confirm that one of
the two weapons seized in Norris
Hall was used in both shootings,"
Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell
Flinchum said at a press
conference Tuesday morning.
Cho, according to law enforcement
officials, had entered the country
through Detroit with his family in
1992, at the age of eight. He last
renewed his green card in 2003. As
of yesterday, his home address was
listed as Centreville, Va., and
the university reported he was
living in a campus dormitory,
Cho's parents live in a townhouse
development in Centreville, a
suburb of Washington. They own a
dry-cleaning shop nearby.
older sister, Sun-Kyung, graduated
from Princeton University in 2004.
A source, who asked to be
identified as a senior
Administration official, said she
works for McNeil Technologies, a
firm contracted by the State
Department to manage
reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
Police searched the family home
last night. On Tuesday, no one was
answering their door.
neighbor, Marshall Main, describes
Cho's parents as quiet and polite.
Neither Main nor another neighbor
recalled seeing the son in recent
graduated from Westfield High
School, a Fairfax County public
school, in 2003. The school system
says two of the dead yesterday at
Virginia Tech had graduated from
Westfield in 2006; they would have
been freshmen when Cho was a
Gap Between Shootings
Police say Cho killed two people
in West Ambler Johnston Hall, a
dormitory near his own, shortly
after 7:00 a.m. Monday. Then, two
hours later, he opened fire in
Norris Hall, a classroom building
Reporters continued to ask today
why administrators did not cancel
classes after the first shooting,
and why it took more than two
hours to inform the university
community via e-mail about the
first incident. The first e-mail
notifying students of the dorm
shooting was not sent by the
school until 9:24 a.m — by which
time the second shooting was
According to President Charles
Steger, the administration locked
down West Ambler Johnston Hall
dormitory after the first
shooting. But he said classes
weren't canceled because the
shooting was believed to be tied
to a domestic dispute and campus
police believed the shooter had
left the campus.
"The second shooting, no one
predicted that was also going to
happen that morning," Steger said.
"So if you're talking about
locking it down, what is it you're
going to lock down? It's like
closing a city. It doesn't happen
By Monday night, investigators had
ruled out the possibility of a
murder-suicide in the first
dormitory shooting. Ryan "Stack"
Clark, a member of the school's
marching band, the Marching
Virginians, and a student resident
assistant, was killed there by a
shot in the neck. His next-door
neighbor, freshman Emily Hilscher,
was also found dead.
Norris Hall, the gunman left a
trail of bloodshed, which Flinchum,
the Virginia Tech police chief,
called "one of the worst things
I've seen in my life."
apparently shot himself in the
head after the killings; part of
his face was missing when his body
Questions About Earlier Bomb
Police documents today showed
authorities suspected Cho may have
been the source of two bomb
threats last week targeting
Virginia Tech engineering
first of the two threats was
directed at Torgersen Hall, a
classroom and laboratory building,
while the second was directed at
multiple engineering buildings.
Students and staff were evacuated,
and the university sent out
e-mails across campus, offering a
$5,000 reward for information
about the threats.
Virginia Tech — formally known as
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University — is located in
the western end of the state near
the borders of West Virginia and
Tennessee. It has more than 25,000
full-time students. Its campus,
which spreads over 2,600 acres,
has more than 100 buildings.
number of dead is almost twice as
high as the previous record for a
mass shooting on an American
college campus. That took place at
the University of Texas at Austin
on Aug. 1, 1966, when a gunman
named Charles Whitman opened fire
from the 28th floor of a campus
tower. Whitman killed 16 and
ABC News' Amy
Thomas and Jason Ryan contributed
to this report.
Virginia Tech University
shooting revives nightmares
of Port Arthur
Today's Virginia Tech
University shooting has
revived horrid memories here
in Australia. Nearly 11
years ago to the day, the
world witnessed what remains
the worst ever mass shooting
when 35 tourists were killed
in Tasmania. JULIE MCNAMARA
reflects on that horrible
APRIL 28, 1996. Disbelief,
horror and anger echoed
through Australia and the
world as news 35 people had
been killed by a gunman at
Chances are you remember
what you were doing when you
heard about the massacre and
it's likely that your mind
flashed back to it as news
of the horrific Virginia
shooting rampage emerged.
Tasmanian loner Martin
Bryant was sentenced to life
without parole over the
shootings which also left 21
Virginia Tech University
shooting revives nightmares
of Port Arthur
Today's Virginia Tech
University shooting has
revived horrid memories here
in Australia. Nearly 11
years ago to the day, the
world witnessed what remains
the worst ever mass shooting
when 35 tourists were killed
in Tasmania. JULIE MCNAMARA
reflects on that horrible
APRIL 28, 1996.
Disbelief, horror and anger
echoed through Australia and
the world as news 35 people
had been killed by a gunman
at Port Arthur.
Chances are you remember
what you were doing when you
heard about the massacre and
it's likely that your mind
flashed back to it as news
of the horrific Virginia
shooting rampage emerged.
Tasmanian loner Martin
Bryant was sentenced to life
without parole over the
shootings which also left 21
Popular and loving
Geelong nurse Elva Gaylard,
48, was among his victims.
A long-serving employee at
Geelong Hospital, Ms Gaylard
had been on an eight-day
tour of Tasmania when she
was killed at Port Arthur.
Ms Gaylard had lived with
her elderly parents, Alick
and Joyce, in Hamlyn Heights
before her death.
After her death her mother,
Mrs Gaylard, recalled how
her daughter would spend
hours at home cutting out
tiny pictures to make
special cards, trimmed with
ribbon, to hang on the end
of newborn babies' beds in
the obstetrics unit where
Geelong West grandmother
Margaret Hoskin had been
part of the same tour group
that Ms Gaylard was with and
the pair had struck up a
Mrs Hoskin narrowly escaped
death during the massacre -
she had been in the toilet
when Bryant was in the
middle of his rampage but
her new friend was not so
Lara couple Bev and Peter
Kelly were in the Broad
Arrow Cafe when Bryant
opened fire and later
recalled the terror they
felt hiding in the nearby
gift shop as they listened
to rapid gunshots. The
couple had been visiting
Tasmania to celebrate their
10th wedding anniversary.
A year after the tragedy,
Mrs Kelly told the Geelong
Advertiser that she would no
longer sit with her back to
the door in a restaurant and
always checked for escape
routes. She said she found
herself checking for exits
or hiding places for herself
and her two small children
when she was in
The massacre resulted in a
major overhaul of the
nation's gun laws.
Immediately after the
tragedy Prime Minister John
Howard said he was
determined that large
numbers of mass destruction
would be taken out of
circulation and that
Australia would be a safer
place. He said a stand had
to be taken so Australia did
not go down the path of the
USA with its gun culture.
Within two weeks he had
called a meeting between the
federal and state
governments at which the
National Agreement on
Firearms was established.
The agreement outlined a
series of reforms to be
enforced over the next year
including prohibitions on
certain firearm categories -
specifically automatic and
military-style firearms that
had been used in massacres
This was supplemented by a
guns buyback and a total of
643,726 prohibited firearms
were handed in at a cost of
Gun Control Law
Helped Campus Killer
exploit tragedy to
Prison Planet |
April 17, 2007
Paul Joseph Watson
were able to
and put an
end to the
as a result
of a campus
A bill in
the move as
feel safe on
sound now in
had to cower
are the only
And isn't it
an end to
right of a
a teacher to
access to a
but a drive
push for gun
April 18, 2007,
Va. Tech gunman
sent material to
By MATT APUZZO AP
© 2007 The
Va. — Between
his first and
second bursts of
gunman mailed a
package to NBC
said were images
weapons and a
video of him
"This may be
a very new,
We're in the
State Police. He
gave no details
on the material.
NBC said that
a time stamp on
mailed in the
first burst of
gunfire in a
fusillade, at a
people died in
images of him
and a manifesto
people and warns
that he wants to
according to a
spoke to The
on condition of
because he was
to speak about
CD-ROM on which
Cho read his
News" planned to
show some of the
NBC said it
the package over
first attack and
the second, that
Cho was and what
he did during
more than a year
was accused of
women and was
taken to a
hospital on a
of fears he
suicidal. He was
with orders to
to the rapidly
growing list of
well before the
students so much
that he was
removed from one
2005, two women
that they had
Cho, but they
was among the
victims in the
same time, one
the young man's
writings, but no
and took Cho
away because an
said. Police did
not identify the
On Dec. 13,
ordered Cho to
signed the order
after an initial
that Cho was a
others as a
result of mental
The next day,
justice, Paul M.
14 found that
"affect is flat.
... He denies
symptoms of a
checked a form
to himself as a
result of mental
Barnett did not
check the box
ordered Cho to
comply with all
treatments on an
It is unclear
how long Cho
indicate he was
free to leave as
of Dec. 14.
Hincker said Cho
enrolled at Tech
and never took a
for Carilion St.
Albans would not
not result in
referred Cho to
said. But Ed
comment on any
more had not
been done after
Still, two days
woken up in the
really going to
major and a
at first she was
"very, very mad
But the more
about Cho, the
she became that
there was no way
could have been
"People who are
ill, there's not
much more anyone
could do with
going to snap,"
dorm room and
other items, two
and a chain and
The front doors
of Norris Hall,
most of the
had been chained
shut from the
said that she,
too, relayed her
units after Cho
behavior in her
class and handed
But she said
a wall" in terms
of what they
could do "with a
he'd made a very
overt threat to
said. "I wish I
lifted him up
bodily and taken
him. I would
have done it if
I could," she
One of the
kicked him out
class in late
had told their
Cho was taking
their legs and
knees under the
desks with his
refused to come
to class. She
"mean" and "a
have issued an
warning of a
killer on the
loose and locked
down the campus
after the first
that after the
in which two
believed that it
was a domestic
that the gunman
had fled the
went looking for
a young man,
had once shot
guns at a firing
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Teen shoots girl, self at Mich.
© 2007 The Associated Press
MIDLAND, Mich. — A gunman shot and wounded his teenage
ex-girlfriend in a high school parking lot Wednesday,
then fatally shot himself, police said.
17-year-old girl was taken from H.H. Dow High School
to a hospital, Midland Police Chief James St. Louis
said at an afternoon news conference. Her condition
was not immediately released.
St. Louis said the shooter was a 17-year-old from
Coleman and was not a student at the school.
The boy had called her at home that morning, St.
Louis said. After a conversation in the parking lot,
he pulled a gun out of a backpack and shot her four
times before turning the gun on himself.
The school was locked down after the gunfire, said
Linda Cline, finance director for the Midland Public
Schools. She said the shooting appeared to be an
Gunman Opens Fire in Amish Schoolhouse
Police Say at Least 3 Girls and Shooter Dead
By MARK SCOLFORO, AP
NICKEL MINES, Pa. (Oct. 2, 2006) -
milk truck driver took about a dozen girls hostage in a one-room
Amish schoolhouse Monday, barricaded the doors with boards and
killed at least three girls and apparently himself, authorities
It was the nation's third deadly school
shooting in less than a week, and similar to an attack just days
earlier at a school in Colorado.
The gunman, identified as Charles Carl
Roberts IV, was inside for over half an hour and had barred the
doors with 2x4s with the girls inside, State Police Commissioner
Jeffrey B. Miller said. By the time officers broke windows to get
in, three girls and the gunman were dead, Miller said. Seven
others were taken to hospitals, three in critical condition.
"It appears that when he began shooting
these victims, the victims were shot execution style in the head,"
Roberts had walked into the one-room West
Nickel Mines Amish School with a shotgun and handgun, then
released about 15 boys, a pregnant woman and three other women
with infants before barring the doors with the girls inside,
The girls were lined up along a blackboard,
Miller said. "He had wire ties with him and flex ties, and he
began to tie the girls' feet together," Miller said.
A teacher was able to call police around
10:30 a.m. and reported that a gunman was holding students
About 11 a.m., Roberts apparently called
his wife from a cell phone, saying he was "acting out in revenge
for something that happened 20 years ago," Miller said. "It seems
as though he wanted to attack young, female victims."
Moments later, Roberts told a dispatcher he
would open fire on the children if police didn't back away from
the building. Troopers heard gunfire in the building seconds
The school has about 25 to 30 students in
all, ages 6 to 13.
"It seems as though he wanted to attack
young, female victims," Miller said. He released no further
details about that what the grudge Roberts mentioned could have
Lancaster County Coroner G. Gary Kirchner
initially said six people were killed, but later said he wasn't
certain about that number.
At least seven people were taken to
hospitals, including at least three girls, ages 6-12, who were
admitted to Lancaster General Hospital in critical condition with
gunshot wounds, spokesman John Lines said.
The small school, surrounded by a white
board fence, sits among farmlands just outside Nickel Mines, a
tiny village about 55 miles west of Philadelphia.
Hours after the attack, about three dozen
people in traditional Amish clothing, broad-brimmed hats and
bonnets stood near the small schoolhouse as investigators walked
in a line through fields searching for evidence.
The shootings were disturbingly similar to
an attack last week at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colo.,
where a man took several girls hostage in a school classroom and
then killed one of them and himself. Authorities said the man
sexually molested the girls.
"If this is some kind of a copycat, it's
horrible and of concern to everybody, all law enforcement," said
Monte Gore, undersheriff of Park County, Colo.
"On behalf of Park County and our citizens
and our sheriff's office, our hearts go out to that school and the
community," he said.
Nationwide, the 1999 Columbine High School
massacre in Littleton, Colo., remains the deadliest school
shooting, claiming the lives of 15 people, including the two
teenage gunmen. On Friday, a school principal was gunned down in
Cazenovia, Wis. A 15-year-old student, described as upset over a
reprimand, was charged with murder in the killing.
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.
Teen accused in school shooting used to pick on others.
Eric Hainstock, 15, is charged as an adult with murder for allegedly
walking into Weston Schools near Cazenovia, Wis., and killing principal
John Klang Friday.
CAZENOVIA, Wis. (AP) — After Eric Hainstock was arrested for
allegedly shooting his high school principal, investigators say the
15-year-old told them he just wanted someone to listen to his cthat he last saw Hainstock at the end of his
eighth-hour social studies class Thursday. That’s when Klang came to
talk to Hainstock.
“I always thought he got along with Mr. Klang. If Eric had trouble, they
would talk, and things would get better,” he said.
Nowak said Hainstock was initially placed in the special education
program because he was thought to have a learning disability.
“Later it became an emotional and behavioral situation,” Nowak said.
Nowak said that about two weeks ago the student swore at him and threw a
stapler at him.
“He said something to me and scared me,” Nowak said. “I backed out of
the room and got out of there and ran. The stapler flew past my head and
hit the wall. He had the stapler open — it cracked the cement.”
Police were called, and they released Hainstock to his father, Nowak
Former teacher speaks about Eric Hainstock's troubled childhood
Updated: 1:52 PM Oct 2, 2006
There's more information tonight about what possibly led up to
A person who knows Eric Hainstock sat down with NBC 15 to tell us
about the teen's troubled childhood.
Because of the sensitivity of this issue, she did not want to be
identified. She has had frequent contact with Hainstock in the past.
She described Hainstock as an outsider.
Saying kids often picked on him calling him a homosexual.
She also described Hainstock as a poor kid, who was often dirty.
Hainstock does have a long history of in school suspensions.
She says there have been incidents were he has not only attacked
students but also teachers.
The woman says, "He could be a very sweet and giving kid, but
when he got angry he was a scary child to be around, he had that
sort of look where you just want to back up. To some extent, I think
the system did fail him because of the way that he acted out I think
he was sort of crying out for more help."
According to Sauk County authorities Hainstock will be tried as
an adult he is charged with first degree intentional homicide and
will appear in court on Monday.
Gunman Kills Hostage, Self in Standoff
Colorado Authorities Say Gunman Kills Hostage,
Himself as SWAT Team Moves in on High School
By CHASE SQUIRES
BAILEY, Colo. Sep 28, 2006 (AP)— A gunman
took six girls hostage at the high school in this mountain town
Wednesday, using them as human shields for hours before he shot
and fatally wounded a girl and then killed himself as a SWAT team
moved in, authorities said.
The confrontation at Platte Canyon High School unfolded just
a short drive away from Columbine, the site of one of the nation's
deadliest school shootings. The gunman, believed to be between 30
and 50 years old, was cornered with the girls in a second-floor
classroom, and he released four of them, one by one.
Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said authorities decided to
enter the school to save the two remaining hostages after the man
cut off negotiations and set a deadline. He said authorities used
explosives as they entered the classroom, only to have the suspect
fire at officers, shoot one of the girls and then himself.
The man was not immediately identified one official declared
him a virtual John Doe and the sheriff was at a loss to explain a
"I don't know why he wanted to do this," Wegener said, his
The wounded girl identified by acquaintances and a co-worker
as 16-year-old Emily Keyes was taken to a Denver hospital in
critical condition, but was declared dead, a hospital spokeswoman
The last hostage was unharmed and spoke with authorities.
School was canceled for the rest of the week.
"We are a community in mourning," schools superintendent Jim
Walpole said. "Our thoughts, our prayers are with our students,
staff and their families. Especially the family of the student we
Keyes was a member of the volleyball and debate teams and
was getting involved with cheerleading, said senior Desaray
Trujillo, 17, who had known her since the second grade. Keyes also
worked as a waitress at a restaurant in town.
"I'm feeling a lot of things right now, I'm feeling rage,
I'm mourning," said her boss, Chip Thomas. "The senselessness of
it all, is where the rage comes from. She was a good kid, she'll
After the suspect entered the building, hundreds of
students were evacuated. The sight of students fleeing the
high school in long lines, and of frantic parents scrambling
to find their children, evoked memories of the 1999 attack
on Columbine High School, where two students killed 13
people before committing suicide.
Students said the bearded suspect wore a dark blue
hooded sweat shirt and a camouflage backpack. The sheriff
said the man claimed to have a bomb in the backpack and
threatened to set it off. The man was also toting a handgun.
Tom Grigg said his 16-year-old son, Cassidy, was in a
classroom when the man walked in, fired a gun and began
telling some students to leave and others all girls to stay.
"He stood them up at the blackboard," Grigg said. "He
hand-picked the ones he wanted to get out."
The gunman told Cassidy to leave, but he said he
wanted to stay with the girls, Grigg said.
"The guy flipped him around and put the gun in his
face and said, 'It would be in your best interest to
leave,'" Grigg said.
Students described a chaotic scene inside after the
intercom announced "code white" and everyone was told to
stay in their classrooms.
The high school and a nearby middle school were soon
evacuated. Jefferson County authorities who also handled the
attack at Columbine sent a bomb squad and SWAT team to the
"I'm just terrified. I'm terrified," said Sherry Husen,
whose son plays on the high school football team and was
told not to return to school from his part-time job. "I know
so many kids in that school."
Students from the high school and a nearby middle
school were taken to another school for a head count.
Ambulances were parked in the end zone of the high school's
football field, and a tank-like SWAT team vehicle was parked
nearby on a closed highway.
Parents pressed authorities for details but had little
information on their children.
Bill Twyford said he received a text message from his
15-year-old son, Billy, a student at the high school, at
about 11:30 a.m. It said: "Hey there, there's a gun
hijacking in school right now. I'm fine, bad situation
Michael Owens, who has one son at the middle school and
another in the high school, said the anxiety was worse
because of the memory of Columbine.
"Things that are out of your control," he said. "It's
like an earthquake."
Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was among the students
slain at Columbine, said: "Any adult who holds kids hostage
The schools are in a narrow, winding canyon carved by
the South Platte River about 35 miles southwest of Denver.
They have an enrollment of about 770 students, with 460 in
the high school.
Husen's family moved to Bailey from suburban Denver
about 14 years ago.
"We moved up here for the mountain solitude, and I
just never thought this would happen in this school, but it
happens everywhere," she said.
Associated Press writers Pat Graham, Don Mitchell, Jon
Sarche, Catherine Tsai, Judith Kohler, Robert Weller and
photographer David Zalubowski contributed to this report.
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights
Student Shoots Principal, Two Others In School Lunchroom
11.08.2005 5:20 PM EST
Jacksboro, Tennessee, high school student allegedly shot and killed an
assistant principal and seriously wounded his principal and another
administrator on Tuesday before being taken into custody.
A 15-year-old freshman was arrested in the
of Campbell County Comprehensive High School Assistant Principal
Ken Bruce and is also accused of shooting Assistant Principal Jim
Pierce, who is in critical condition, and Principal Gary Seals, who
has been updated to stable, according to the Campbell County Sheriff's
Department. Seals was apparently shot as he attempted to stop the
teen, who was said to be using a small handgun. Sheriff Ron McClellan
said he is so far unaware of a motive.
No students were injured in the lunchroom melee, which occurred
sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. The school was immediately placed
under lockdown, although students were allowed to leave a few hours
Pierce and Seals were airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical
Center. Bruce was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in LaFollette, as
was the suspected shooter, who was treated for a minor injury. The
student has since been detained in a juvenile detention center.
About 1,400 students attend Campbell County High School, located about
30 miles northwest of Knoxville.
Tuesday's shooting comes just eight months after 16-year-old Jeff
Weise killed a teacher, a security guard, five students, his
grandfather and companion, and himself in Red Lake, Minnesota (see
School Shooter Reportedly Admired Hitler, Was Previously
That was the deadliest school shooting in the United States since
18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold killed 12
students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves at
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999 (see
Shooters' Parents Fight Release Of Homemade Videos").
If you ever see a student carrying a weapon or hear talk of plans
for violence, you can anonymously call (866) SPEAK-UP toll free and
the tip will be forwarded to the proper local authorities.
For more information, see "How
You Can Help Prevent Another School Shooting."
[This story was originally published on 11.08.05 at 3:54 p.m. ET]
Students Shot Dead in Classroom ( Death toll now up to
Students and a teacher at the scene, Diane
Schwanz, said the shooter tried to break down a door to get into a room
where some students were.
''I just got on the floor and called the
cops,'' Schwanz told the Pioneer. ''I was still just half-believing
Hegstrom said students pleaded with the gunman
to stop shooting.
''You could hear a girl saying, 'No, Jeff,
quit, quit. Leave me alone. What are you doing?'' Hegstrom said, using
the name of the suspected shooter.
Ashley Morrison, another student, took refuge
in a classroom. With the shooter banging on the door, she dialed her
mother on her cell phone. Her mother, Wendy Morrison, said she could
hear gunshots on the line.
'''Mom, he's trying to get in here and I'm
scared,''' Ashley Morrison told her mother.
Schwanz was the teacher in that room. She
said, ''I just got down on the floor and (said), 'Kids, down on the
ground, under the benches!''' She said she called police on her cell
All of the dead students were found in one
room. One of them was a boy believed to be the shooter, McCabe said. He
would not comment on reports that the boy shot himself and said it was
too early to speculate on a motive.
Fourteen to 15 other students were injured,
including two critically, McCabe said.
The school was evacuated after the shootings
and locked down for investigation, McCabe said.
''It will probably take us throughout the
night to really put the whole picture together,'' he said.
It was the nation's worst school shooting
since two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killed
12 students and a teacher and wounded 23 before killing themselves on
April 20, 1999.
The last apparent fatal school shootings
involving a student also happened in Minnesota in September 2003, when
two students were killed at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. Classmate
John Jason McLaughlin, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, awaits
trial in the case.
That shooting was the first major incident
reported since 2001.
Red Lake High School, on the Red Lake Indian
Reservation, has about 300 students, according to its Web site.
The reservation is about 240 miles north of
the Twin Cities. It is home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.
AP-NY-03-21-05 21:10 EST
Copyright 2005 The Associated
Brooklyn teen sneaks gun into school, shoots self
BY JEROME BURDI AND DARYL KHAN
March 21, 2005,
A Brooklyn high school student who snuck a .45-caliber gun into
English class Monday accidentally shot himself in the leg, police
The 14-year-old boy was passing the gun in a bookbag when the gun
discharged, striking him in the left calf, sources said.
He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where he was listed in stable
condition. No else was injured.
The incident surprised the boy's classmates, who described him as a
quiet and unremarkable student. They said he never engaged in any
bravado or bragged about having a gun in the couple of weeks they've
He passed the gun to his friend just before noon in his English class
filled with about 30 students when the shot rang out, students said.
"First, there was a loud shot," said Armel James, 14.
"Then the kid was leaning over and blood squirting out of his
One of the teen's friends, Danny Rhames, 17, grabbed the gun and tried
to hide it. Soon after, Rhames was arrested with the gun on him,
police said. Both he and the teen, whose name was not immediately
released, were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, the
student who shot himself as a juvenile.
The teen and Rhames are students at Jim Thorpe High School, but they
participate in New Utrecht's Inclusion Program, designed to include
special education students in general education settings, the
Department of Education said. The teen and Rhames started at New
Utrecht about two weeks ago.
Guidance counselors met with students yesterday and would be
available again today, a department spokesman said.
New Utrecht does not have metal detectors. Officials are going to
review security and assign guards this morning. This is the first
shooting ever at the school, a department spokesman said.
Nevertheless, the shooting prompted concern from some parents.
Yvette James, Armel's mother, said she pulled her son from another
public school in Canarsie that uses metal detectors because she was
worried about violence. She drives her son to school every day to
ensure his safety.
"Now I have to worry about him sitting in the classroom,"
she said. "I took him away from another school with metal
detectors; maybe I should send him back."
Greg Morris, 18, a senior, disagreed.
"It's an isolated incident," he said. "They try so hard
to make this school be so good, and then something like this happens
and ruins it."
Jerome Burdi is a freelance writer. Daryl Khan is a staff writer.
Copyright © 2005,
Boy, 17, charged in fatal shooting at Carrick High
Beltzhoover teen faces charges; others sought
Saturday, March 19, 2005
By Nicole Fuller and Cindi Lash, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A 17-year-old boy was charged yesterday afternoon in the drive-by
slaying of a Carrick High School student this week.
Derwin Milligan of Climax Street, Beltzhoover, was taken into custody at
about 4:15 p.m. for questioning and arrested at police headquarters a
short time later.
Milligan was charged with homicide in the shooting death of Keith
Watts, 16, of Knoxville, on Wednesday afternoon as he sat in a car
outside the high school. Additional charges are pending.
Police declined to say whether Milligan, an 11th-grader at Langley
High School, fired the fatal shots. They also wouldn't say if he was
cooperating with authorities.
Watts, a ninth-grader at Carrick, and two others were seated in a Geo
Tracker parked on Westmont Street when a green Hyundai Sonata with at
least two people inside pulled alongside. Ensuing gunfire killed Watts
and wounded passengers Alfred Grimmitt, 17, a junior at Carrick, and
sophomore Raymont Dillard, 16.
A handcuffed Milligan was escorted out of police headquarters about
7:15 p.m. He covered his face with his sweat shirt and declined to
comment to reporters.
Police said they were looking for at least one other person who was
in the car with Milligan during the shooting.
They released few details about the investigation, declining to
elaborate on what led them to Milligan, whom they called "a prime
suspect early on in the investigation."
But they acknowledged that they had received a number of tips that
Police were conducting their second interview with Milligan at the
time of his arrest. They had interviewed him previously on Thursday.
The AK-47-style assault weapon that authorities said was used in the
crime has yet to be recovered. A police dog from the U.S. Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Philadelphia was called in
to help search for the weapon.
Meanwhile, police said they have stepped up patrols around the high
"I think people will be a little more confident knowing that we
have someone in custody," said Pittsburgh Police Chief Robert W.
McNeilly Jr. "I'd really like to get that gun off the street."
Visitation for Watts will be from 2 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Samuel J.
Jones Funeral Home, Wylie Avenue, Hill District. The funeral service
will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Macedonia Baptist Church, Bedford Avenue,
Earlier yesterday, concerns about security at Pittsburgh public
schools drew law enforcement officials, parents and activists to Carrick
Members of a community group shuttled between the sidewalk and the
nearby home of a school board member, waving signs and demanding an end
to school violence.
Inside the school, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A.
Zappala Jr. and First Assistant District Attorney Edward J. Borkowski
met with police, school and municipal officials and District Judge
Richard King. Their purpose, Zappala said, was to share information
about Wednesday's shooting and to assess long-term safety issues at
Carrick and in other schools.
"We had a horrendous crime here. We know the larger issue is
that [students] may be afraid to go to school," he said after the
midday meeting. "I want parents to know their children will be safe
Investigators have speculated that the shooting stemmed from a
longtime feud between groups of young people from Beltzhoover and St.
Clair Village. Watts lived in neither neighborhood, but police said he
was perceived as being from St. Clair Village because he socialized with
friends who live there.
Police yesterday continued to expend "a lot of man-hours and
resources" on the investigation and on patrols aimed at preventing
retaliatory attacks, said police Cmdr. Maurita Bryant, who also attended
the school meeting.
On Thursday, Bryant said investigators were receiving little
cooperation from people with knowledge about the shooting. A day later,
she said police were heartened by an upswing in helpful calls from
"I do thank the community for that," she said. "Things
look better than they were. I think there is some pressure from parents
on their kids [because] they know the potential for life-threatening
Zappala said yesterday's meeting also dealt with the conflict between
Beltzhoover and St. Clair Village as well as security and discipline
matters that must be addressed to ensure safe schools over the long
He said he'll attempt to head off potential violence by streamlining
communication between schools, city and school police, and his office.
To do that, he said, he will ask county Common Pleas President Judge
Joseph M. James to appoint one district judge to handle all juvenile
Zappala said he also will appoint at least two juvenile prosecutors
in his office to handle those cases, review them for signs of brewing
problems and alert him when necessary.
The meeting convened just as protesters were leaving the school after
walking there from an earlier rally at the nearby home of school board
Vice President Jean Fink. There, they demanded that she take steps to
end school violence.
Terria Washington, 34, took her son to the protest rather than
sending the 10th-grader to classes at Carrick, where he'd been a friend
"They knew this boy was in trouble. They should have done
something about it," she said, referring to a previous failed
attempt to ambush Watts outside his home Feb. 9.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now planned the
surprise visit to draw attention to Fink's unwillingness to attend the
group's school board forum set for April 2. Fink stood on her lawn for
several minutes fielding a barrage of questions from about 25 people.
Fink said she could not attend the forum because of a prior
commitment. She called the shooting "a horrible tragedy."
One protester asked Fink why she had not visited the family of the
boy who was killed three blocks away.
"As someone who has dealt with personal tragedy, I don't want to
be intrusive," she said.
(Staff writer Gabrielle Banks contributed. Nicole Fuller can be
reached at email@example.com
or 412-263-1308. Cindi Lash can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 412-263-1973.)
|Teen arrested in New
Orleans school shooting
March 18, 2005
A 15-year-old teen was arrested in connection with a shooting at a high
school that left one student wounded in the leg, police said on Friday.
The unidentified youth was booked with aggravated battery and with
shooting a gun in a school zone, police said. The shooting took place on
Thursday at O. Perry Walker High School.
Police reported that they recovered the weapon used in the shooting and
that more arrests could be made.
Police said the shooting resulted from an ongoing dispute among
students. Officials said a 16-year-old student who was an innocent
bystander was taken to Charity Hospital was struck in the thigh.
Several students said that, before the shooting, they saw two groups of
students from different neighborhoods come together in the hallway,
looking as though they were about to have a fight.
- A teenager was shot in the leg Thursday in a high school
hallway and three juveniles were being questioned as possible
The 16-year-old student was taken to Charity Hospital with a
thigh wound that was not life-threatening, hospital spokeswoman
Diane Angelico said. She said the victim's mother had asked that
no other information be released.
No other injuries were reported.
Police Chief Eddie Compass said the shooting at O. Perry
Walker High School stemmed from an ongoing dispute among students.
But he said the 16-year-old victim appeared to be an innocent
bystander who was not involved in the dispute.
Several students said that, before the shooting, they saw
two groups of students from different neighborhoods come together
in the hallway, looking as though they were about to have a fight.
It appeared briefly that the group was breaking up and
heading for classes. But then several who lingered in the hallway
continued to taunt one another, according to Jennifer Williams, a
student. She said she saw the gun and pulled her friend away from
the line of fire.
"The boy was standing there and the boy was like: 'Say
boy, take out that thing, show them what you about,'... then as
soon as I pulled my friend, they started shooting," Williams
Although a number of students were aware of an impending
fight, few expected to hear gunfire, even after a girl yelled a
warning about a gun, said 10th-grader Ali Sabla.
"We heard her say, 'He's got a gun' and everybody was,
like, joking. Then all of a sudden we heard the shot," Sabla
"When we heard the gunshots, everybody stayed
quiet," said Carlos Garica, another 10th-grader. "And
then me and the teacher told everyone to get down. We were all
No weapon was immediately recovered. The school has metal
detectors, which appeared to have been working, at main entrances
which students must use, Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent
Anthony Amato said.
Amato said officials are looking into whether the gun was
brought in when a group of students returned from a field trip in
the afternoon. He noted that the students who went on the field
trip were not required to wear their normal school uniforms.
"When they came off the buses from the field trip there
was a lot of mingling in terms of the students coming in,"
Amato said. "From that point, when the kids came back in, the
perpetrator may have slipped in with them because the kids weren't
The school, which serves about 1,400 students from grades
7-12, was put in lockdown immediately after the shooting. Then
students were released, class by class, as worried parents
gathered at the campus.
It was the latest incident of gun violence that has
periodically plagued New Orleans schools in the last few years:
• Last November, a
security guard shot a 16-year-old student in the foot at a New
Orleans high school. The guard told police she smelled marijuana
when she saw the student standing alone under a tree, that the
student became aggressive and appeared to be reaching under his
shirt for a gun. Police said at the time no drugs or weapon was
• In April 2003,
Jonathan Williams, 15, died from gunshot wounds when gunmen
entered the gym at John McDonogh Senior High School with an
assault rifle and a pistol. Police said Williams was a suspect in
an earlier death and the shooting was apparently retaliatory. Nine
people were arrested.
• On Sept. 26, 2000,
two students were wounded at Carter Woodson Middle School.
Witnesses said a 13-year-old shot a 15-year-old, who grabbed the
gun and shot back.
Amato said O. Perry Walker would be open for classes and
previously scheduled standardized testing today, with three times
the normal number of security officers on site.
"In terms of security there's never enough, but more
important is to keep your ear to the ground to make sure we're
monitoring the intelligence of the school," Amato said.
"We were monitoring that very closely. We really felt that
things had calmed down."
Article Published: Friday, March 18,
gang member arrested in school shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested the alleged gunman Friday
in a shooting outside a South Los Angeles high school that left a
15-year-old student clinging to life.
Police said Dejuan Hines, 18, a suspected gang member, was
taken into custody about 3 a.m. at the home of a relative in South
Los Angeles. Two guns were recovered, but it wasn't clear whether
either weapon was involved in the shooting.
Hines, a former student at the school, was booked for
investigation of attempted murder.
Deliesh Allen was shot once in the head Thursday afternoon
about 50 steps from the entrance of Locke High School. She was in
"extremely critical condition" at Harbor-UCLA Medical
Center, Officer Kathy Simpson said.
"She was basically leaving school, waiting to be picked
up by her aunt," Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said. It was
"a senseless shooting of a 15-year-old girl who was trying to
Mayor James Hahn, who announced the arrest, said, "An
incident like this shatters us all."
Police said Allen was hit in a spray of gunfire shortly
after she left school around 3 p.m. The gunman fled. Police said
they were led to the suspect by tips, but did not elaborate.
Authorities provided no motive for the shooting, which was
initially believed to be gang-related.
"She is completely innocent," said Detective Sal
LaBarbera, referring to the victim. "She was just leaving
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March 16, 2005 4:45 AM
California teens arrested in
school shooting plot
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two
teens have been charged with
plotting to kill teachers and
their Catholic high school in a
scenario reminiscent of the 1999
Columbine massacre, officials
Investigators said the boys,
aged 15 and 16, had shopped for
shotguns and prepared a map with
places to plant bombs at St.
John Bosco High School in
Bellflower, 20 miles south of
But one of the youths apparently
got cold feet and confided in a
counsellor at the school, who
alerted authorities. The boys,
whose names were being withheld,
were arrested last week and have
pleaded innocent. The situation
only came to light this week.
The suspects were in custody and
due to appear in court again on
Police did not say whether they
had found any weapons, and
school principal Patrick Lee
bombs or guns had been uncovered
"Because of the day and age
that we live in ... I felt it
was appropriate that even if it
out to be nothing, which it
still may turn out to be, then
at least I turned it over to the
authorities," Lee told
reporters on Tuesday.
The date of the alleged plot was
set for April 22 -- two days
after the anniversary of the
20, 1999, Columbine High School
shootings in suburban Denver in
which two students killed 13
before turning their guns on
themselves. It was the deadliest
school shooting in U.S. history.
Middle-school shooting victim dies
By Kory Dodd, Staff Writer
News & Record
REIDSVILLE -- Ask his friends and family and they'll tell you that
everybody loved LeCharleston "LC" Broadnax.
"He had a smile you couldn't forget," said Yvette Gilliam,
But his bright smile dimmed Feb. 15, when the 16-year-old Reidsville
Middle School student was shot while he stood on the corner of Prince
and Jumper streets in Reidsville about 4:35 p.m.
Broadnax died Sunday in the intensive care unit at Moses Cone
Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.
His mother spent every day of the past weeks at his side, reading him
his favorite biblical passage -- Psalm 91. Though medication and
equipment prevented him from speaking, his mother believes he heard
Reidsville police believe the shooting may be connected to a surge of
violence among several ganglike groups that deal drugs in the western
section of the city.
Sitting in her kitchen with a picture of her son beside her on
Tuesday afternoon, Gilliam said her son didn't have drugs and wasn't
taking them at the time of the shooting. She admonishes people who say
otherwise while his family is grieving.
She said Broadnax would often kiss and hug her, and loved to make her
laugh by deftly imitating other people.
He worshipped his older brother, Dexter Scales, who along with their
uncles, taught the teenager to play football.
Broadnax had been a linebacker in the Reidsville Parks and Recreation
Department's football program.
When he played, "the kids would run from him," Gilliam
said. "They'd actually get out of his way when he came down the
He played on Reidsville Middle School's football team in 2003 and was
planning to try out for the team later this year, his mother said.
"He was friendly, he was quiet and he was really
personable," said Louise Uziel, principal of Reidsville Middle
School. Uziel said Broadnax's teachers all spoke well of him and the
students remembered his love of racing four-wheelers.
His mother said it began when Broadnax was 7 and he got his first
go-cart. He upgraded to a dirtbike when he was 8, before finally
settling on four-wheeler racing when he was about 12, she said.
Broadnax raced at Rolling Hills Cycle Park in Reidsville for three
He couldn't race last year but wanted to start again this year in the
pro-class, Gilliam said.
Reidsville police Capt. Guilio Dattero said detectives were still
interviewing witnesses but would soon be taking their findings to the
district attorney's office.
On Feb. 16, Lawrence "Lee-Lee" Hayes, and his brother, Bro
L. Hayes, were arrested in connection with the shooting and charged with
assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious
Dattero said the district attorney will decide whether to upgrade
their charges once she reviews the investigation's findings.
Lawrence Hayes is being held at the Rockingham County Jail on a
$300,000 bond; his brother is being held in lieu of a $200,000 bond.
Contact Kory Dodd at 627-4881, Ext. 119, or email@example.com
Washington (AP) - A student accused of fatally shooting a classmate
in a Southeast Washington school pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary
|Guilty Plea in Fatal School
March 03, 2005 7:02pm
In December, Thomas J. Boykin, 19, was acquitted of first and second
degree murder charges. But jurors were unable reach a verdict on a
manslaughter charge, so Boykin was facing a retrial next month.
Instead, Boykin - dressed in an orange
prison jumpsuit - stood before a District of Columbia Superior Court
judge and admitted opening fire in a Ballou High School hallway on Feb.
2, 2004. The shots killed James Richardson, 17, a football star at the
Boykin claimed Richardson was bullying him. During last year's trial,
Boykin took the stand in his own defense, testifying he thought
Richardson was reaching for a gun or knife. Boykin told the court he
accidentally shot himself while pulling out his gun, which caused him to
Prosecutors said Boykin brought a pistol to school and got into a fight
with Richardson - shooting him as he tried to flee once the gun was
pulled. Another student was shot in the leg.
"My son feared for his life, and he didn't mean to hurt
anybody," the suspect's mother, Pearl Boykin, said outside court.
Richardson's family left without commenting.
During the trial, the jury convicted Boykin on a weapons charge.
Sentencing was scheduled for June 16, when prosecutors said he faces a
possible 65 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein said the guilty plea reflected the
determination of his office and of police "to ensure that those who
commit violence in our schools are held accountable."
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|Two Selma juveniles charged in fatal
The Associated Press
March 21, 2005
Two 17-year-old Selma High School students have been charged with
capital murder in the weekend shooting death of a Selma man.
The teenagers' names were not released because they are juveniles and a
grand jury will review the case, police said Monday. They are being held
without bond in the Dallas County Jail.
Selma police said Charles Edward Brown, 20, was found in a vehicle near
the Highway 80 bypass with an apparent gunshot wound to the head about
3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Brown was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The two juveniles were arrested by Officer Edward Merrell a short time
later. Merrell went to the areae after hearing gunshots.
According to a police department press release, Merrell saw a vehicle
leave the bypass in a "reckless manner" and running a stop
sign. He stopped the car with the two youths inside. Dispatchers
reported a shooting victim in the area soon after.
Merrell detained the suspects and a pistol was recovered from the car
"He was doing his job and was in the right place at the right
time," Public Relations Officer Lt. David Evans said.
While the two are to be charged with capital murder, they would not be
subject to the death penalty if convicted because of their age. The
Supreme Court recently ruled against the execution of defendants under
the age of 18.