Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

One injured in Friday Florida school shooting

One injured in Friday Florida school shooting

Gunshots broke out Friday morning at Forest High School in Ocala, some 38 miles south of Gainesville.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said Long heard a loud bang about 8:39 a.m. and immediately rushed to the source of the sound.

When he exited the bathroom, he shot one round from his sawed-off shotgun through a classroom door, injuring a 17-year old male student. The wounded student was reported to have non-life-threatening injuries.

"Marion County does everything to protect their children", Woods said.

Bouche faces eight charges, including terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm, culpable negligence, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm on school property, possession of short-barreled shotgun, interference in a school function and armed trespassing on school property.

Bouche, a former student, carried a shotgun in a guitar case into the school by blending in with students, said Craig Ham, deputy superintendent of Ocala schools operations. Bouche is listed as a resident of Crystal River, Florida, which is about 40 miles southwest of Ocala. He also allegedly told police after his arrest that he had originally planned on carrying out some type of shooting on April 13 - Friday the 13th - but "chose to target a school because he thought it would gather more media attention".

As he was led away in handcuffs, Bouche told a flock of reporters he "didn't shoot anyone".

"I shot through the door", he said, looking at a female reporter who asked about his connection to the student who had been shot. "I didn't see anyone".

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"That's why I put down the gun".

"It doesnt make it better, anyway", he said.

The teen victim told deputies he was glad it was him and not his friends who were injured.

After the shooting at Forest High School, officers from the local, state and federal levels were providing security at all the Marion County schools.

"Law enforcement has cleared the Forest High School campus", the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page in the late afternoon.

Deputies said Bouche told investigators he did not intend to kill anyone in Friday's shooting.

During the first walkout which was held back in March, exactly one month after the Parkland shooting, Morgan Roof - the younger sister of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people at a Charleston church in 2015 - was arrested after bringing weapons and guns to her high school in SC.

In another Florida shooting over two months ago, school resource officer Scot Peterson was sharply criticized for taking up a defensive position outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while Nikolas Cruz slaughtered 17 people.

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