Gunmans Wife Speaks

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 11:11am

Rebecca Duke says economy, bi-polar disorder contributed to husband's rampage.


Police now say the suicidal gunman who opened fire on a school board meeting in Panama City had been planning the attack for some time.

The terrified school board members who were the targets of tuesday's rampage were grateful for having survived.

"There are bullet holes all over the place," said school superintendent Bill Husfelt.

The ordeal began when 56-year-old Clay Duke painted a red V on the wall, pulled out a pistol and ordered everyone but male members out of the meeting.

He then began a rant about rich people and his wife's firing by the school system.

Superintendent Huslet took responsibility for the firing in an attempt to get Duke to release the others.

"I'm the one that signed the paper, right. Okay? I don't remember and I don't know who she is, but let them go," Huslet can be heard saying in video of the incident.

At another point, board member Ginger Littleton, who had been allowed to leave, returned and tried to intervene and end the ordeal.

She struck Duke with her purse, but failed to knock the gun out of his hand.

"I don't think anything was going through my mind," she said afterward. "They were lined up like pigeons on a wire, and I had to do something"

Moments later Duke opened fire.

Board members dove for cover and, remarkably none were hit.

That's when security guard Mike Jones burst into the room and exchanged fire with Duke.

Duke then turned the gun on himself.

On Wednesday afternoon Duke's wife spoke out about the man she loved.

"The economy and the world just got the better of him. And, along with his bi-polar, it just set him up for this horrible event," she said.
 

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