Saturday, October 9, 2010

Brave Citizens Tackle Gunman Shooting Schoolgirls in Carlsbad, CA

AP-An injured student is wheeled to a helicopter
Carlsbad, CA-Gunman, Brendan L. O'Rourke (41) jumped the fence Friday at Kelly Elementary School and shot a 357 magnum at a playground full of school kids on recess. He ran out of ammunition briefly when two construction workers pursued him. He jumped back over the fence and was struck by the pickup truck of Carlos Partida, one of the construction workers, while the other one tackled him. They struggled with the man on the ground while concerned citizens Scott Chandler and Terri Lynn ran to the scene and joined in to help subdue the man before police arrived. Two girls, ages 6 and 7 were shot clean through their right arms and are expected to recover. The man had numerous ammunition cartridges in his pockets and was in possession of two gas cans and a propane tank. Lynn said O'Rourke seemed "crazy." Police Lt. Cain remarked that O'Rourke was probably a transient who lives in the area.

How fortunate that there are so many heroes living in Carlsbad. These men did well.
Via fox and fox5.

12 comments:

Teresa said...

Something wasn't right with O'Rourke. Sounds like he was crazy. Thank goodness for all those brave men who took action. They surely saved lives by being heroes. God Bless them. Carlsbad is very lucky to have these men in the community.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

What's going on with this world? When did life become so cheap? When I was growing up, something like this NEVER happened. Now it's the norm. I'll bet if we research the time tables of this becoming the norm, it will start appearing around the time the "Great Society" started. It's when Big Government started replacing dignity with a check.

WoFat said...

Well done! MOre people should stand up when needed.

Nickie Goomba said...

This is, of course, a parent's worse nightmare in this insane world. Thank God for this outcome.

fuzzys dad said...

If the people of the Republic of Kalifornia had Second Amendment Rights.These men could have properly applied deadly force.

Opus #6 said...

Fuzzy, deadly force would have been warranted, given that this man was in the act of attempting to murder people.

However, I am thankful that the men were able to bring the incident to a swift conclusion with as little loss of life and limb as possible. Especially in cases where mental illness is involved, that muddies the waters. I am sure there will be more information forthcoming on what happened.

tbird99 said...

i dont belive i could have stopped myself.i would have to cut his throat.that way i know he would not do it again.

Maggie Thornton said...

It had to be a miracle that these children did not have life threatening or disfiguring wounds.

It makes me really nervous to think about his "mental problems." Where will he end up and how long will he be kept away from society?

Red said...

Mental affliction or no., cowardice has become the norm. I'm thankful to see some brave Californians stepping up to the plate just like that Victor Perez fella did when he saved that little girl from becoming a kidnap/murder victim the other day.

The_Kid said...

Good work Sheepdogs !

As far as the perp. Wtf...? And WHY do they always go after the wrong targets. Sounds like humor but it's not. Why don't they ever go after the evil pieces of garbage in our midst...

Like if I ever go off the end, I won't be shooting at school girls.

Conservative Scalawag said...

There is a fine line between brave and stupid. This man was in the side of brave. However, it would have been nice if the man had a gun to stop the man with a gun shooting up the school.

But that is California and many other states for ya.

mnrobot said...

What? A transient had "...numerous ammunition cartridges in his pockets and was in possession of two gas cans and a propane tank"?

Sounds like the Governator is arming the hobos too well over there.

I'm glad no innocents were killed.