Kelly School Shooter: “This is a drill and these are blanks.”

Posted: October 16th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Culhavoc, DeadlineLive

On Friday, October 8th, Brendan O’Rourke entered Kelly Elementary schoolyard during noon recess, carrying a .357 magnum and firing on students, allegedly striking two of them in the arm.  After firing six shots, O’Rourke fled the schoolyard and attempted to reload his handgun.  A construction crew working at the school cafeteria was able to catch O’Rourke and hold him until police arrived on the scene.

Stephanie Durkee, a campus monitor at the school for 17 years, said O’Rourke was yelling when he entered the playground and started shooting. Durkee said O’Rourke shouted “Death to Obama! Kill all the little fags! Death to them!”

Durkee said when she asked him what he was doing, he replied, “This is a drill and these are blanks.”

ABC 10 San Diego interviews Stephanie Durkee

Investigators plan to re-interview Durkee and the U.S. Secret Service is looking into the account, due to the reference to President Barack Obama.

Live Rounds or Blanks?

Carlos Partida, one of the construction workers who held O’Rourke until police arrived, was asked if he saw any of the children being stuck by the bullets, which were fired at close range.

His reply: “That’s a big negative.”

The heroic Carlos Partida interviewed by KUSI News

In the clip, Carlos Partida also says that he is “surprised he [O’Rourke] didn’t hit no one”, and “I didn’t see anyone fall or nothing like that”.

Two students, aged 6 and 7, were flown by helicopter and admitted to Rady’s Children Hospital with wounds on their right arms. Their families are not speaking to the media.

Authorities originally said the only injuries connected to the shooting were to people with scrapes and bruises, but officials then said one person was taken away by air ambulance.

Furthermore, eyewitness Scott Chandler said that there were two injuries, and suggested that they were sustained while the students were running away.  Chandler also said that the children appeared to be stable.

Whether or not the students were actually injured, O’Rourke may have been led to believe he was taking part in a drill and firing blanks.

More on Brendan O’Rourke

O’Rourke has a history of bizarre behavior.  In 2002 he plead guilty to telephone harassment after calling a woman 228 times over a five day period.

O’Rourke’s neighbors have called police on several occasions, saying that he often shouted racial slurs out of his window. Vickie Mitchell, O’Rourke’s downstairs neighbor, says that he continually screamed “Christians Unite to Destroy!” However, friends say that O’Rourke didn’t subscribe to any particular religion, and never attended church.

In a phone interview with San Diego’s KFMB, O’Rourke’s former roommate, who asked not to be identified, talked about his experience while living with O’Rourke.

The roommate told the reporter that, after losing his job, O’Rourke became depressed and began acting extremely bizarre.  Over a three week period his odd behavior grew progressively worse and his roommate then asked him to move out of the apartment.  O’Rourke confided in his roommate and told him that he was having anxiety attacks, and that the government put satellites in his head and were controlling him.  O’Rourke’s roommate then drove him to a hospital emergency room.

The following day the hospital informed the roommate that O’Rourke was ok and O’Rourke acted as if nothing had happened. (full interview/mp3)

Brendan O’Rourke Pleads Not Guilty

On Wednesday, O’Rourke pleaded not guilty to seven counts of attempted murder.

Why would a man who was caught red-handed at the scene of the crime, surrounded by multiple eyewitnesses, plead not guilty?  Did O’Rourke really believe he was part of a drill?

To reiterate:  After unloading six shots at close range while aiming at students, he told campus monitor Stephanie Durkee: “This is a drill and these are blanks.

In the past, there have been numerous mass shootings that have occurred just days after a security drill or workshop was held.  Some shootings occurred on the very same day.

Many drills take place in which there is no physical harm done to the victims.  However, the victims are totally unaware that the event is an exercise.

*Special thanks to starviego, who contributed research to this article.


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Quick Militant Note on Criminal Prosecution: ALWAYS plead “not guilty” to everything.  I don’t care if they caught you red handed with the evidence on your person, your fingerprints everywhere, DNA evidence, video of you doing the deed, and a thousand witnesses seeing you do it.  You’re NOT friggin GUILTY.  Pleading guilty dumps nearly all of your rights into the judge’s lap to do with as he pleases.  F that.


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