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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Witness to an Eagle Rock shooting

The current issue of the Eagle Rock High newspaper – Eagle’s Scream – carries the first-person account of a student who was walking a few blocks from campus on the afternoon of February 5 when shots rang out near the auditorium of an elementary school and the neighborhood library:

“It was when I reached the front of the library when
I heard the first shot. I was startled because it was very loud. I then looked back in the direction of the auditorium and saw a chubby-looking guy in a grey sweater. He was holding a Jansport bag in his left hand, and a gun in his right. At first I thought it was just a water gun, but when I saw the sparks fly out of the gun I immediately knew it was real. The first shot was to the victim’s leg and I saw the blood spatter out. I was too focused on the gun to identify the shooter; I remember the gun was silver with black stripes. After he fired that first shot, he immediately ran, as did his friends who were there with him.”

The 17-year-old victim, who survived, turned out to be a fellow student. There have been no new developments in the case, a school official said earlier this week.


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