Ocala school shooting: School resource officer praised for quick actions

22 April, 2018, 07:12 | Author: Valerie Santiago
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Police say "active shooter protocols" saved students' lives as a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, injuring one student in the ankle, in what is now the 20th school shooting in the U.S. this year.

"I just shot through the door", Bouche told reporters, according CBS. Pellets struck one student in the ankle.

As he made his way toward the police vehicle flanked by five uniformed officers, Bouche told reporters hes "sorry" to the wounded student. "Marion County does everything to protect their children".

Detectives said Bouche wanted to choose a school for more media attention, felt ignored and could potentially carry out another shooting in the future.

"Once inside school grounds, Bouche entered a bathroom and put on a tactical vest and gloves to prepare himself for the shooting...he shot one round from his sawed-off shotgun through a classroom door", the office said.

"It doesnt make it better, anyway", he said. "I could've kept going", Bouche said when asked if he was sorry.

During the first walkout which was held back in March, exactly one month after the Parkland shooting, Morgan Roof - the younger sister of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people at a Charleston church in 2015 - was arrested after bringing weapons and guns to her high school in SC.

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"The shooting was intentional", Woods said, adding that while the investigation is ongoing and it came to a safe conclusion, he will not release additional information.

Deputy Jim Long is posted full-time at the school located in Ocala, Florida, and was on the scene this morning during the shooting, the Marion County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Newsweek.

He fired a single shot into a door, hitting a 17-year-old boy in the foot.

"Law enforcement has cleared the Forest High School campus", the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page in the late afternoon. "We also started tying together some jackets to hang out the window, in case we needed another way out". They were instructed to leave with their hands up, he said.

Woods praised the quick response by Long, as well as school personnel and first responders.

About 30 students gathered for about 15 minutes to hear a speech by organizer and KHS senior Mitchell Wiltzius, listen to a list of names of the Columbine victims and observe a moment of silence for them, write "Enough is Enough" in chalk on the school sidewalk, and pass out voter registration forms to those old enough to vote.

"I'm shaking like a leaf in a hurricane", Carter said. Approximately 2,200 students attend Forest High School.

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