Raises Questions About School Board Security

Gunman Opens Fire On Florida School Board

By Mary Collins
By Scott Sarvay

December 15, 2010 Updated Dec 15, 2010 at 6:24 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY Fl., (Indiana's NewsCenter)-- A gunman killed himself after opening fire at a meeting of the Bay County, Florida school board.

The gunman and ex-convict , 56-year-old Clay Duke, said he was upset about his wife's firing held the Florida School Board at gunpoint before shooting at the superintendent and then killing himself

"The shooter approached the front of the board members, spray painted a symbol on the wall and fired an unknown amount of rounds," said Panama City Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeff Becker.

"After he painted the symbol he was confronted by a board member [Ginger Littleton] who knocked the gun with her purse," he said.

Inside the meeting was reporter Nadeen Yanes of ABC News affiliate WMBB-TV, who shot exclusive video of the incident.

The gunman released all of the women and children, but held an unspecified number of men.

A fire fight broke out between the gunman and Mike Jones, a former school board member and district security chief, Becker said.

"After reviewing the evidence, the suspect took his own life," said Becker.

No other injuries were reported.

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