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December 14th, 2010
09:38 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Hail of Bullets at School Board Meeting

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

A gunman is dead tonight after he opened fire at school board meeting in Panama City, Florida and then took his own life, authorities said.

The dramatic standoff that ended in a hail of bullets was caught on a live internet video feed of the meeting.

It all started when the man walked into the room and spray painted a red circle with a "V" on the wall. He then took out a gun and ordered everyone out of the room, except most of the school board members.

The video feed shows the man then talked with board members about a family member who was fired and yelled about a half-cent sales tax. He was jumping from topic to topic. He often said that he was going to die today.

Members of the school board tried to calm him down, with no success.

It all ended when the man raised his gun, pointed it directly at the superintendent and opened fire. The superintendent and other board members hit the ground, hiding under their desks.

Amazingly, none of them were injured. The bullets missed them, even at that close range.

The chief of security for the school board also opened fire, hitting the gunman. At that point, the gunman then fatally shot himself, authorities said.

Tonight on 360°, Anderson will talk with Superintendent William Husfelt about those tense moments.

We'll also show you the remarkable video of a female board member who tried to jump the gunman and get the gun out of his hands.

And, we'll dig into just who this gunman was and what might led him confront the school board members.

Join us for this story and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


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  1. Mark Friedierichsen

    At some point we'll hear the gunman's gun was loaded with blanks. Again, the 2 bullet holes behind the chairman were there prior to the gun being discharged.

    December 15, 2010 at 2:16 am |
  2. Dana

    This is a horrible story and it is amazing he did not shoot anyone.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  3. lynn c.

    I too, am glad no one was hurt.

    I have watched both videos that were on the news. If you watch carefully, this gunman gets 3, possibly 4 shots before he falls to the ground. (the other 2 or 3 don't look like they came from his gun). The other video has a hail of at least 8 or more shots after he falls. I doubt he shot himself, I believe that the police were there shortly after he fell to the ground and was shot by them.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Monica M. Williams

    I am not surprised members of the school board stood up to the gunman. I work for the Akron Public School system. This year we have been exposed to numerous training scenarios regarding the possible threat of a gunman or other violent threats within a school. Area police have come in and instructed us to first flee if possible then fight back. Yes, police have instructed us to hurl anything, books, pens, a purse at a would be assailment then RUN. Hiding is a third option and is mostly reserved for lock downs.

    Either way this situation could have ended very badly. I'm glad no one was harmed.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Joy Postma

    The birthers have no right to doubt that President Obama is an american citizen because his Mother was an american citizen there for no matter where he was born he is by law also a citizen unless at the age of 18 a person makes a choice not to be.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  6. Alice

    Reference the birther issue and Pres. Obama. The issue could easily be resolved in this manner. In Jan 2009, the White House sent a letter signed by Pres. Obama congratulating the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu on its centennial celebration and claiming it as his hospital of birth. The hospital displayed that letter on their official web site for some time, then mysteriously withdrew it. Why not contact the hospital to confirm that their records reflect Pres. Obama was indeed born there? Did not he waive his privacy rights in sending the letter to the hospital? The birth certificate that was posted on the show tonight is a "Certication of Live Birth", not a long form "Certificate of Live Birth." There is a difference. The later lists and attending physician and hospital of delivery. Governor Lingle of HI erred when she stated that her Secretary of Health reviewed the Cerification of Birth and it showed Obama born at Kapi'olani hospital. Check her Secretary of Health's statement for this. Former HI elections clerk Tim Adams stated as recently as June 2010 that it is a known fact in HI that Pres. Obama was not born in any hospital there. Additionally, in the year Obama was born, in HI a person, i.e., a relative, could send correspondence to the state Dept. of Vital statistics refernce a reported birth. The Vital Statistics Dept. would issue a Birth Certificate and as a matter of routine practice would weekly send those reported biths to local newspapers.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. karenslick

    Although I watch your show regularly, I am quite emotionally upset about all the details shown on this video. I was frankly surprised at my reaction– to be so upset– as I see films, tv shows that are WAY more violent but the reality, the levity, the sadness of where apparently my fellow Americans are at in this country is just horrible, truly saddening. I feel very sad for this guy, referred to the "gunman"... he's troubled, don't we need to hear the story of what weighed upon his soul rather than just label him as a killer, a gunman? I wish that we could turn the corner & come to a better place for all–where people aren't losing their jobs, where kids are getting the education they need, where frankly there seems like a future rather than just tragedy. Can you please try for balance in the good versus the bad?

    December 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Osman

    This is total madness. I have never seen something like this before. .....

    December 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Kim

    Oh my gosh and this is horrible. What do you think the V meant he spray painted. That's scary ,freakie stuff and thank-God everybody is okay. How's mental health doing through this economic recession ? How much has their budget been cut for support ?

    December 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    I hope the show casts some light on this incident as it doesn't make much sense at the moment. It does sound like he had several grievances involving the school but its not clear what those issues are and why they drove him to do what he did. Did he have a history of mental instability? Looking forward to the show answering some questions that I am sure a lot of people are asking.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm |