While thousands of students staged walkouts nationwide yesterday to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting tragedy, a 19-year-old reportedly fired a gun at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida. A 17-year-old was hit in the ankle but is in good condition, CNN reports. Minutes after the shooting at around 8:40 AM, a school resource officer, Deputy Jimmy Long, took the shooter into custody “without resistance.”
According to the Washington Post, the shooter, a former student, has been charged with terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm on school property.
In a stark video interview posted by the Ocala Star Banner last night, the shooter said that he has a lot of bipolar and schizophrenic family members who “are violent and scream...on a daily basis.” He claimed that he didn’t see the victim whom he’d shot through a door. He said that he put down his weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, after seeing a girl in the hallway and “gave [himself] to a teacher.”
He calmly stated that on the morning of the shooting, at home, he felt no emotion, simply adrenaline.
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“Pretty much all I’m feeling at this time is an adrenaline rush. It’s not anger, it’s not hatred, it’s just an adrenaline rush, I’m about to do something. I spend most of my time in the room alone...so I’m getting this rush.”
He said that when walking through the school with the gun, the adrenaline turned to a “disgusting feeling.”
When asked how he’d obtained the gun, he said he’d learned how to get around background checks from a VICE News segment. He claimed that he purchased an unlicensed gun about a week after the Parkland massacre.
A 16-year-old student posted this photo about an hour after the shooting. He captioned it:
School shooting at my school, this crap is terrifying.... Praying for everyone. There was actually a scheduled walkout today. It becomes super real when it’s your school.
When asked if he felt that he should have had a gun, the shooter said no.