Cops: Fired Teacher Kills Principal, Himself In School Shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Authorities say the headmistress of a Jacksonville high school was shot and killed by an employee who had recently been fired.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda says Dale Regan, head of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, was shot Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded to the school at 1:23 p.m. after receiving reports of a person with a gun. When they arrived, two adults were found dead.

“We ask you to please pray for us as a community,” Rev. Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Florida, told the Florida Times-Union. “We have full confidence that Dale Regan is already with God and in heaven with our lord and savior Jesus.”

Bujeda says the deceased suspect is believed to be an employee who had been terminated Tuesday morning. He brought an assault rifle on campus in a guitar case.

Student Lily Shephard, 13, told the Times-Union that she knew the shooter as a substitute teacher in her French class.

“He was shy and he sat by himself a lot at lunch,” she told the Times-Union. “He didn’t really seem to fit in with the other teachers.”

No students were injured at the school. The school was initially placed on lockdown and parents were later allowed to pick up their children.

School officials didn’t immediately return calls for comment.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

It's a Date | September 2017Our beautiful Bay Area is constantly buzzing with activity. Every weekend seems to bring a new adventure. It's a Date is our monthly calendar created to help you keep up with everything Tampa Bay has to offer!
Best Party Beaches Around Tampa BayIt's illegal to drink alcohol on most of Tampa Bay's beaches - unless you know about these next six locations.

Listen Live