December 14th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Rambling gunman dead after opening fire at Florida school meeting

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Vivian Kuo

(CNN) - A live video feed captured a horrifying confrontation between school officials and an armed gunman who opened fire during a school board meeting in Panama City, Florida, Tuesday. The gunman was wounded and subsequently took his own life, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Clay Duke, 56, of Bay County, Florida, spray-painted a wall and then opened fire on the superintendent and school board members during the meeting, authorities said.

The gunman apparently missed each person he fired on, even though he was at close range, said Lee Stafford, director of student services of Bay District Schools.

The chief of security for the school board shot and wounded the man, who then fatally shot himself, said Ruth Corley, a spokeswoman for the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

The harrowing incident was captured by a live internal feed of the afternoon school board meeting.

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  1. Anna Vanderwalker

    This is so tragic. It is a screaming reminder of how our foundation as a country is falling apart as every day Americans are struggling with the economy the war, the politics of it all.. I am an educator and it really hits home..this video shows what many think

    December 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm |