This disgruntled wackjob fired off rounds at point blank range and couldn’t hit the fucking side of a barn.
A gunman calmly walked to a podium, spray painted a red “V” with a circle around it on a wall and opened fire at school board members Tuesday, sending people scrambling and diving for cover. A security guard soon ran in, exchanged shots with and wounded the man who then killed himself, police said.
The school superintendent who calmly confronted the gunman who threatened to shoot him during the meeting said God protected him when Clay A. Duke opened fire
“It could have been a monumental tragedy,” Bay Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt said late Tuesday, wearing a sweat shirt and pajama bottoms, surrounded by his family. With a Christmas tree as backdrop, he said, “God was standing in front of me and I will go to my grave believing that.”
“We could tell by the look in his eyes that this wasn’t going to end well,” Husfelt said.
Despite several shots being fired, no one else was hit. In video of the clash that lasted several minutes, Duke dispassionately confronts the Bay District school board, telling everyone in the room to leave except the men on the board. Duke, who was wearing a dark pullover coat, stands about 8 feet directly in front of the board with the gun at his side.
Husfelt tries to persuade him to drop the gun. Duke suggests that his wife had been fired from the district, but won’t tell Husfelt or the board who she is or her job. Members promise to help her find a new job, but Duke just shakes his head. Husfelt tells Duke he would be responsible for her dismissal, so the board members should be allowed to leave.
“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 him that this isn’t worth it.
The 56-year-old slowly and deliberately raises the gun and levels it Husfelt, who pleads “Please don’t, please don’t.” Duke then fires two shots that miss, followed by several others that didn’t hit the half-dozen or so people still left in the room.
……After Duke, an ex-convict, fired and missed Husfelt, district security chief and former police officer Mike Jones ran in and shot Duke, it appears in the video in the leg or side.
Duke then fatally shot himself, police Sgt. Jeff Becker said. The video shows a distraught Jones, with his gun at his side, being comforted by colleagues as he says he had never shot anyone before. SWAT officers then storm the room and order everyone onto the ground. School officials tell them that Duke is shot and appears dead. His feet can be seen near the board’s seats.
……State prison records show Duke was charged in October 1999 with aggravated stalking, shooting or throwing a missile into a building or vehicle and obstructing justice. He was convicted and sentenced in January 2000 to five years in prison but was released in January 2004. They also show that Duke was a licensed massage therapist before his arrest.
Attorney Ben Bollinger, who represented Duke during his trial, told The News Herald of Panama City that Duke was waiting in the woods for his wife with a rifle, wearing a mask and a bulletproof vest. She confronted him and then tried to leave in a vehicle, and Duke shot the tires. He said that as part of his sentence, Duke was required to complete psychological counseling.
The “V” graffitti was for “V for Vendetta”:
On a Facebook page under Duke’s name, which was apparently created Dec. 7, he left a cryptic message under the “About Me” section.
“My testament: Some people (the government sponsored media) will say I was evil, a monster (V) … no … I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95 percent of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats … same-same … rich … they take turns fleecing us … our few dollars … pyramiding the wealth for themselves.”
The Facebook page’s profile picture shows the same red V symbol that was spray-painted on the wall during the school board meeting. The page also shows photos from the film “V for Vendetta,” in which a mysterious figure battles a totalitarian government.
He had a good point about the government fleecing taxpayers, but interjected it with wealth envy, which is indicative of another wackjob, Joseph Stack, who crashed his plane into an IRS building in Texas, after writing his own manifesto:
Queef Olberdouche and Chrissy Matthews will no doubt attribute this to “teabaggers”. Just wait.