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Video captures gunman opening fire at Florida school board meeting (Graphic Content)



A gunman walked up to a podium, spray painted a red "V" with a circle around it then opened fire at a school board meeting in Panama City on Tuesday, sending audience members scrambling, then exchanged shots with a security guard before killing himself, police said. No one else was injured. In footage like that above, from WMBB-TV Ch. 13, and also WJHG-TV Ch. 7, both in Panama City, gunman Clay A. Duke is shown calmly confronting the Bay District School Board. Duke stands about 10 feet directly in front of the board with the gun at his side. Superintendent Bill Husfelt tries to persuade him to drop the gun and let board members go.

"I've got a feeling you want the cops to come in and kill you because you said you are going to die today," Husfelt tells Duke. He then tells Duke that this isn't worth it. Duke slowly raises the gun and levels it Husfelt, who pleads "Please don't, please don't." Duke then fires a shot that misses.

District security chief Mike Jones, a former police officer and board member, entered and exchanged fire with Duke, wounding him, police Sgt. Jeff Becker said. Duke then fatally shot himself, Becker said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 7:11pm]


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