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Kelly School Shooting Media Roundup

by The Editors on October 9, 2010

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Carlsbad’s Laguna Riviera Park as children were being released.

In the hours since suspected gunman Brendan L. O’Rourke, 41, walked onto the campus of Carlsbad’s Kelly School a little after 12 PM October 8, 2010 and began firing a handgun more information has come out regarding day’s events. Below are links to some of the most recent coverage.

We’ll add more as information become available.


Kelly School Shooting

by The Editors on October 8, 2010


Kelly School Shooter Was Sane

by The Editors on March 19, 2012

4F641F337E552.Preview-300On Friday, March16, 2012 a jury decided that Kelly School shooter Brendon O’Rourke was legally sane when he began shooting Carlsbad school children on October 8, 2010, according to a story in the North County Times.

O’Rourke had no reaction as the verdict was read, and instead sat with a blank expression and his mouth hanging slightly open —- a slack look he has worn during many of his courtroom appearances since his arrest in the wake of the shooting spree.

O’Rourke faces more than 100 years behind bars. He will be sentenced on April 20, 2012 on, as the story points out, the 13th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings.

[Link: North County Times]


Shooting Suspect Had No Known Ties With School

by The Editors on October 9, 2010

According to information released this afternoon (October 9, 2010) by the Carlsbad Police Department, Kelly Elementary School shooting suspect Brendon O’Rourke, of Oceanside, had no known prior affiliation with the school, it’s employees or its parents.

Rumors circulated regarding the coincidence of this crime and what some had believed was a “Cancer Cluster,” but those have been unfounded (studies have shown there is no cancer cluster at Kelly). . . .Carlsbad Police Crime Scene Specialists and Detectives continue to document the scene at Kelly Elementary School. No additional weapons were found other than the original handgun, which has been collected as evidence. No evidence of explosive devices was located at the school, or at a residence which O’Rourke resided at. No other suspects have been identified as having been involved.

Follow the jump for the rest of official information release and addition information from the Carlsbad Unified School District regarding the events.
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Two Injured As Gunman Fires On Kelly School

by The Editors on October 8, 2010

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Click here for a photo gallery.

At 12:12 PM today (Friday, October 8, 2010) a man in his early 40s, described by witnesses as “white with short gray hair” drove to Kelly Elementary School (at the corner of Park and Kelly Drive) got out of his car, and began shooting a handgun at children on the playground. He was apprehended minutes later. Two second grade students were injured with non-threatening wounds in their upper extremities and were transported by helicopter to Rady Childrens’ Hospital.

According to a story on NBC San Diego. Local Carlsbadistan big wave surfer and stand up paddler Scott Chandler jumped in with two construction workers to take down the suspect.

He said that he and a couple of construction workers tackled the man. “I believe he ran out of bullets, then ran to a fence, chased by a couple guys,” Chandler said, whose two children both graduated from the school. . . The gunman had a box of bullets in his pants that police recovered and had brought a 5-gallon gas can with him as well. Law enforcement located a propane tank after the shooting and began to use a robot to examine the tank at about 1 p.m. The tank is leaning on a silver four-door American-made sedan — possibly a Crown Victoria — that was blocked off by a black pickup truck and a police patrol car.

Parents began arriving at Laguna Riviera Park around 1 PM not sure what to expect and knowing only what they heard from friends. Many were on the edge of tears. It wasn’t until 1:15 PM that an officer explained to the gathered group that “an armed suspect on the campus has been taken into custody” and that the children we currently locked down. “I’m going to need everybody to by on my side and be as patient and calm as you can,” he said. “And trust us that we are trying to make everything safe so that we can get everyone to you as quickly as we can.

As we mentioned before it wasn’t until 2:35 PM that the first students began exiting the school.

Click the link for the rest of the NBC story, or click here for a photo gallery.


TK Arnold: Sense And Sensibility

by The Editors on November 8, 2010

On a national level, the 2010 elections will go down in history as a populist revolt against big government. But in three North County cities, the year will be remembered as the one in which voters really, truly paid attention.

To their credit, voters in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Encinitas studied the issues, weighed the pros and cons of each side, and made informed decisions, unswayed by who had the most, and prettiest, campaign signs and mailers.

Call it the election of sense and sensibility.

In the Carlsbad mayor’s race, victor Matt Hall was seriously outgunned by fellow Councilman Keith Blackburn in both signs and mailers, thanks in large part of the police and fire unions, which spent thousands of dollars to protect their inflated pensions. The Friday before the election alone, I received no fewer than five Blackburn mailers, including one, sent by the Carlsbad Police Officers’ Association, that hit a new low in sleaziness. Under the headline, “Matt Hall neglected our families’ safety,” the cops blasted Hall for “talking to reporters” after the Kelly School shootings, while praising Blackburn for “humbling” donning his police uniform and helping out behind the scenes.
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TK Arnold: Carlsbad’s Defining Moment

by Thomas K. Arnold on October 13, 2010

Img 0414The tragedy could have been a calamity. Had gunman Brendan O’Rourke not been tackled by three heroic construction workers as he was fumbling with his gun, the senseless shootings last Friday at Kelly School in Carlsbad could have gone on—and we might have had one of the worst massacres in history instead of just two little girls being shot in the arm.

Moments after writing this opening line, I felt ashamed. “Just two little girls”—as though that isn’t tragic enough. Two little girls, 6 and 7 years old, happy that it’s Friday, happy that the school week’s coming to an end, probably looking forward to a soccer game Saturday morning and maybe a visit to the pumpkin patch or Legoland in the afternoon. A point in space, in time, and their lives are changed, possibly forever—strapped to a gurney, rushed to a hospital, worked over by doctors. Their physical wounds will heal, but their emotional ones? No one can tell.
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Get Riehl: Sandy Hook Could Happen Here

by Richard J. Riehl on December 19, 2012

It could happen here. In fact, it did happen here two years ago, on October 8, 2010, when a mentally ill gunman jumped a fence, entered the Kelly Elementary schoolyard and began firing at kids ranging from 7 to 11 years old. Two seven-year-old girls were struck in their arms. It was a miracle nobody died. Had the shooter been carrying the same semi-automatic rifle used by the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer the result would have been a tragedy of the same magnitude.

Yesterday, after several days of grieving for the families who lost loved ones in that small town in Connecticut, we were greeted by a press release from the Carlsbad School District reporting that a high school student had “threatened to cause harm” to other students on December 21. The threat had been made “prior to” the Sandy Hook tragedy. The student has been identified, and school officials say there is “no reason to believe the student has the means to act on this threat” and that they’re keeping in “close contact with the family and school authorities to determine the appropriate next steps in keeping the campus safe.” [click to continue…]


Jury Deadlocks On O’Rourke Sanity

by The Editors on March 16, 2012

It’s difficult to imagine the case prosecutors must present to show that a man who walked onto the campus of Kelly Elementary school on October 8, 2012 and started firing a gun at school children was in any way “sane” when he did it, but that’s exactly what is happening in San Diego Superior Court as the Brendan O’Rouke trial continues.

Yesterday (Thursday, march 15), according to the U-T San Diego, the jury deadlocked on O’Rouke’s sanity.

Jurors say they are deadlocked over whether Brendan O’Rourke, who wounded two children in a 2010 elementary school shooting in Carlsbad, was legally insane at the time he committed the crime. . . But a judge on Thursday ordered them to resume deliberations the next morning in the sanity phase of O’Rourke’s trial. . . If the jury determines he was legally sane at the time of the shooting, O’Rourke faces a possible prison sentence of 103 years to life.

As long as he’s never able to harm children again, we’ll be happy with either decision.

[Link: U-T San Deigo]


Brendan O’Rourke In Court Today

by The Editors on October 13, 2010

Suspected Kelly School gunman Brendan O’Rourke, 41, is expected to appear in the Vista Courthouse today at 1:30 PM, according to a story in North County Times.

A criminal complaint had not been filed Tuesday, but O’Rourke is expected to be charged with several counts of attempted murder in connection with the seemingly random attack Friday that left two second-grade shooting victims with minor arm injuries.

Details are slowly emerging about the man who most recently worked in a call center for the Carlsbad-based interactive gaming company NTN Buzztime. For more click the link.

[Link: North County Times]

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