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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/15/2010

School board shooting: Ginger Littleton talks about the gunman (Video)

By Melissa Bell
Ines Sainz
Clay Duke (WJHG-TV/AP)

A school board meeting went from discussing head lice to members pleading for their life Tuesday in Florida when an ex-convict, Clay Duke, interrupted the Bay District School Board meeting, brandishing a gun and mumbling about how the school board had fired his wife, a claim the police are now investigating.

In the chilling video captured by a WMBB News 13 camera, the board members try to reason with Duke and try to save one another from the gunman.

Ginger Littleton, one school board member, stayed in the room even after Duke ordered her to leave. In the video, she swings her purse at him, in an attempt to knock the gun out of Duke's hand. She falls to the ground, and Duke stands over her but does not kill her. Another school board member comes back into the room at that time and asks the gunman to let Littleton leave, which Duke does.

At another point, Superintendent Bill Husfelt asks Duke to let everyone else go, saying Husfelt was likely the one responsible for firing Duke's wife. Duke turns his gun on Husfelt and fires, but the bullets miss Husfelt.

The video ends there, but a few moments later, a security guard entered the room and exchanged fire with Duke. One shot hit Duke in the leg. The police told the Associated Press that Duke then turned his gun on himself and committed suicide.

The Post's Rocci Fisch talks to Ginger Littleton: "Something bad was going to happen."

Warning: The following videos may be disturbing to some viewers and contain violence.

Here's CBS News:

Here's the uncut footage:

Read more about the shooting here.

Three of the school board members appeared on the Today Show Wednesday morning to talk about the event:

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Duke reportedly made a Facebook page last week with images from the movie "V for Vendetta" and a sprawling "testament" that implies he knew he would be in the news soon:

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% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats... same-same... rich... they take turns fleecing us... our few dollars... pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%... the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us...

Though he had no friends, his page is open to the public and more than a thousand people have written messages on his wall meeting in a digital town square to discuss his death.

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 10:32 AM ET
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Sad, but they can thank Barry Frank and Chris Dodd for the housing crisis that started the financial ball down the hill and they can thank 0bamma for exploiting the poor to this end. Of course the dept of education and the seiu members and their greed which leads to massive taxes also have a hand in this.
I'm sure the admin will use this to further extend the unemployment benefits of their supporters.

Posted by: Mary12345 | December 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Blaming politicians for this man's behavior is scapegoating. A fool doesn't need a reason to be a fool. Let's not give him one.

Posted by: syvetteavery | December 15, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

it's a good thing that he had absolutely no idea what he was doing with that gun.

Posted by: joew22 | December 15, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

How many cameras happened to be set up at this little meeting?

There are at least two high quality video cameras mounted on tripods from the same awkward angle and location on the side of the room. The location, which is coincidentally directly across from the spray painting, is not good for recording the board members, but is perfect for recording this little event.

This will be proven with a quick review of both videos posted here. The top video footage does not show the man spray painting, but the bottom interview on the Today Show has different video that does.

Do you think they always use two high quality mounted cameras located in the same position to record these little meetings?

If this is an operation, this type is relatively easy, because it only requires getting to one guy.

Posted by: JohnMacArthur | December 15, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

While I commend your bravery Ginger, perhaps next time you will not be an unprepared liability attacking an armed suspect with a purse, but instead you will be an armed citizen fighting for the lives of your friends. Or at the very least, own a 250 dollar tazer that can save lives, even the lunatics. Lucky for everyone a security guard showed up when he did.

Posted by: mattpkp | December 15, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Some one tell me something? Why did it take over 6 minutes for some one to show up? Coward or not, if one of the board members would have rushed him, it would have been over. there were many times where the gentleman turned his head and opportunity was there to over power him, but they all just sat there. is there any security at this building? this could have been prevented by a simple metal detector in a goverment building.

Posted by: racingcars | December 15, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

@JohnMacArthur One camera was local news, the other camera/s were "house" cameras for the public access feed. Camera placement is standard for a school board meeting. The camera operator can gather crowd footage, podium shots and school board member footage from one spot without disrupting the meeting.

Posted by: johnfrank | December 15, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call the guy a fool. His FB message was well thought out and quite accurate. Rich Republicans/Rich Democrats.

See, this means it doesn't matter who wins or who is in office. It just matters the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor......

But he does have issues on how to get his word out.....You don't go shooting at people...He deserved to die....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Ginger's actions were not heroic, productive or smart. She could have caused a much, much more tragic situation. If you are going to do something like that, you have to be prepared to take him down completely and quickly. If you are not prepared to do that (and there's no shame in that) let a trained professional handle the situation.

Posted by: eriksenj31 | December 15, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Not one gun nut will "man up" and say that loose gun laws are NECESSARY even though it means very pissed off criminal can threaten anyone they don't like. The gun nuts need the guns because they are TERRIFIED. They walk cringing in fear unless they have a gun.

Of course to let these terrified weenies have all guns they want, we need laws that make it easy for every criminal to have them.

So how and when do we shoot the "armed citizens" in the fraction of a second between being an "armed citizen" and becoming a criminal?

How many bullets do we let the criminal fire?

Posted by: Vince5 | December 15, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

There's going to be more of this thanks to this administrations disastrous fiscal policies. Bailouts, Obamacare, more.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | December 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Ginger's actions were not heroic, productive or smart. She could have caused a much, much more tragic situation. If you are going to do something like that, you have to be prepared to take him down completely and quickly. If you are not prepared to do that (and there's no shame in that) let a trained professional handle the situation.

Posted by: eriksenj31 | December 15, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse
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I completely agree. I keep hearing people calling her a hero, well what did she accomplish? She could have been killed very easily. Then to add to the silly purse swing, she tries to wrestle a gun away from a man twice her size. That's not heroic, that's just silly. Like eriksenj31 said, leave it to law enforcement.

Posted by: meatkins | December 15, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. Another dead Palin supporter. Next.

Posted by: bs2004 | December 15, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@Mary12345: If you're going to criticize our representatives, at the very least, get their names correct. It's "Barney" Frank, not "Barry" Frank.....

Posted by: anon57 | December 15, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

What's with the "Obamacare" label? Oooh, big, bad government program that forces us to buy health insurance from PRIVATE health insurance companies in pools that encourage competition. Or perhaps it is making sure that those who are already sick can get coverage? Essentially the health care bill that was passed was the Robert Dole/Republican private model from the 1990s. Perhaps people should try reading and learning instead of just reinforcing their biases and opinion.

Posted by: TruthSeek | December 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who blames anyone except this jerk is also a jerk. Absolutely no politician had anything to do with what he did. Wasn't he also an ex-convict? What was his crime? Who is to blame for that?

Posted by: rlj611 | December 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: MRjavinbur | December 16, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Uncut footage? What? The ending is all cut out.

Posted by: kls1 | December 16, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Not one gun nut will "man up" and say that loose gun laws are NECESSARY even though it means very pissed off criminal can threaten anyone they don't like. The gun nuts need the guns because they are TERRIFIED. They walk cringing in fear unless they have a gun.

Posted by: Vince5 | December 15, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I will "man up."

1) Loose gun laws are NOT necessary. However I reject that public safety must come at the expense of constitutional liberties. I would much rather accept the risk of being shot by a criminal than forfeit my right to self-defense.

2) I don't cringe in fear without a gun. I actually trust my neighbors, even the ones I don't know, to be law-abiding, adequately honest individuals. Should they violate my trust, I also trust my local police department to enforce the law.

You see, because I don't suffer from media-induced paranoia, I am not afraid of an armed citizenry.

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 16, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Not one gun nut will "man up" and say that loose gun laws are NECESSARY even though it means very pissed off criminal can threaten anyone they don't like. The gun nuts need the guns because they are TERRIFIED. They walk cringing in fear unless they have a gun.

Posted by: Vince5 | December 15, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I will "man up."

1) Loose gun laws are NOT necessary. However I reject that public safety must come at the expense of constitutional liberties. I would much rather accept the risk of being shot by a criminal than forfeit my right to self-defense.

2) I don't cringe in fear without a gun. I actually trust my neighbors, even the ones I don't know, to be law-abiding, adequately honest individuals. Should they violate my trust, I also trust my local police department to enforce the law.

You see, because I don't suffer from media-induced paranoia, I am not afraid of an armed citizenry.

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 16, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Signed,

Justin Buell
New London, CT

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 16, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I pity the shooter almost as much as his would-be victims.

After the woman tried to foil him, he didn't shoot her. He did points the weapon upward, away from the people in the room.

To me, he seems to be a troubled man who just wanted someone to listen to him... Like the trolls who comment on news articles.

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 16, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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