Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Man accused of shooting 2 kids at California elementary school on trial

A California man jumped the fence of an elementary school last year and shot and injured 2 second grade children. Now he is on trial with closing arguments coming soon:

O'Rourke reportedly told investigators he had been tortured by a neighbor who told him the torture would stop if he shot the children. During the rampage, he allegedly ranted about President Obama, gay people and a former employer.
Jurors Thursday afternoon viewed the scene of the shooting.
In her opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan said O'Rourke carried out a planned "terrorist attack," firing into groups of children and wounding two second-grade girls.
(...) Stephan said O'Rourke jumped a school fence as youngsters played on the playground and ate lunch in the cafeteria. He was carrying a .357-Magnum six-shot revolver, three speed loaders, a five-gallon gas can, large matches and special ammunition meant to do bodily harm, she said.
O'Rourke's shooting binge was interrupted when a school staff member asked him, "What the hell are you doing?" according to the prosecutor.
O'Rourke put his gun to the woman's stomach and pulled the trigger, but he had run out of bullets, Stephan said. 
Three construction workers working behind the school followed the suspect, according to the prosecutor. When one of the trio shouted at O'Rourke to stop, the suspect pointed his gun at him, but another pursuer subdued O'Rourke by striking him with his truck, Stephan said.
Children should be safe in their schools and on school playgrounds from adults wielding loaded guns. There were a lot of lucky people after the shooter's gun ran out of bullets. This must have been a very frightening few moments for the children and staff alike.

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