School board members recount terrifying encounter with gunman

Duke aims at a board member (Source: NBC)
Duke aims at a board member (Source: NBC)

PANAMA CITY, FL (NBC) - A school board meeting in Florida turned violent as a gunman, apparently angry about his wife losing her job, fired at school board members before killing himself.

The entire incident was videotaped, and the images may be disturbing.

A terrifying scene unraveled Tuesday afternoon at a school board meeting in Panama City, Florida. A man identified as Clay Duke talked briefly to school board members about his wife's firing.

After spray-painting a red figure on a nearby wall, Duke then waved his gun and ordered women and children to leave, taking those remaining hostage.

During the rampage, Superintendent Bill Husfelt tried to convince duke to blame him for the firing and let the others go.

"I'm the one that signed the paper, right. Okay? I don't remember and I don't know who she is, but let them go," Husfelt can be heard saying in a video recording of the incident.

School board member Ginger Littleton, who had been allowed to leave, soon returned and tried to knock the gun out of Duke's hand with her purse.

He knocked her to the ground and began firing. No one was injured by the initial gunshots.

Duke then exchanged fire with a security guard before taking his own life.

Security guard Mike Jones, who's being called a hero, complained of chest pains shortly after the incident and was admitted to the hospital, but is expected to be released later today.

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