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Florida School Board Shooting

Florida School Board Shooting - A gunman opened fire at a Bay County, Fla., school board meeting Tuesday afternoon, taking aim at the school’s superintendent but injuring no one before fatally shooting himself.

Clay A. Duke, 56, shot himself to death after exchanging gunfire Tuesday with Bay District's security chief, the Associated Press reported. Witnesses say Duke may have been complaining that his wife had lost her job.

Initial reports had suggested Duke was taken down by a security guard, but police later said the gunman took his own life.

Florida School Board Shooting

Duke, who has yet to be identified publicly, was barely alive when police reached him, and he died from the gunshot wounds upon arrival at a nearby hospital, said Ruth Corley, a spokeswoman from the Bay County Sheriff Office.

School board spokeswoman Karen Tucker, who was at the meeting, described a harrowing scene.

She noticed Duke before the shooting, and described him as being erratic. He engaged in a verbal argument with another person and then, moments before unleashing gunshots, he spray-painted a red "V" in the center of a circle on a wall, possibly a nod to the movie “V For Vendetta."

Florida School Board Shooting


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