Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 22, 2018,
Apr 22, 2018, 1:15
Those were among details released by the Marion County Sheriff's Office hours after the shooting sparked terror at the school Friday, on the same day as a nationwide walkout to protest gun violence. A suspect, who is not a school student, was already in custody, and the injured student was taken to a nearby hospital.
Jonathan Grantham, deputy superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, said there was no indication before the shooting that anything was amiss. The suspect shot through a door at the school, which is how he shot the victim, a 17-year-old student who is now in the hospital.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods praised the quick response by the school resource officer, as well as school personnel and first responders.
A gunman who carried a shotgun at a guitar case and started fire at a Florida high school was refused bond during his first courtroom appearance.
The school had planned to participate around 11 a.m.in a walkout commemorating the Columbine shooting.
Bouche, a former student who dropped out in 2016, returned to Forest High School on Friday morning with the gun in a guitar case.
Three minutes later, the unnamed officer found a 17-year-old student shot with non-life threatening injuries. He said he then researched mass shootings and made a decision to target a school, believing that would attract more media attention, the statement said. "He went right in", Woods said at a news conference.
The sheriff said Bouche was arrested without resistance. "I knew I needed to do something", Lane Murdock, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School in CT who helped organize the walkout, told ABC News.
Authorities had asked residents to avoid the campus area, which was surrounded by emergency vehicles and buses transporting students away from the scene.
The teen, who later spoke to the Ocala Star Banner from Marion County Jail, described the rush he felt when he woke up on Friday and loaded his sawed-off shotgun, which he bought online without a background check.
It happened at Forest High School, which was put on lockdown.
"The fact that it happened on this day, in a way, reinforces what we are trying to get across", said Ryan Servaites, a high school freshman in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were gunned down in February.
Forest High, which was ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has about 2,100 students.