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Moment of realisation: Finishing the circle, Duke draws his gun and orders everyone - except the board members - to leave

December 14, 2010 9:40 p.m. EST

Clay Duke sat quietly through the first portion of the Bay District Schools, Florida, school board meeting Tuesday afternoon as local children were honored for their achievements.

When it came time for citizens to bring up issues, the 56-year-old resident calmly approached the front.

He spray painted a red “V” with a circle around it on the wall, brandished a small-caliber handgun and ordered the room cleared at a Panama City schools building.

“Six men stay. Everyone else leave,” the burly gunman said.

Moments later, Ginger Littleton, a board member, returned to the room and swung a purse at him. She ended up on the ground after the two struggled. The gunman cursed her, but did not open fire and he let her leave the room.

Someone was going to die, he said.

At that point, Duke, as seen on the dramatic live internet feed provided by CNN affiliates WJHG and WMBB, began a rambling discourse that included the apparent firing of his wife and sales taxes.

The confrontation ended in the gunman identified as Duke calmly firing at the school officials, being wounded and, according to police, taking his own life.

At first, school board members and Superintendent Bill Husfelt tried to reason with Duke, who had a criminal record. They talked about possibly finding a job for Duke’s wife or looking into the case.

Husfelt told the gunman that he likely signed the termination papers, but didn’t recall the circumstances.

“I’m the one who signed the papers,” Husfelt. “Let them go,” he said referring to the school board members.

At one point, Husfelt said, “I don’t want anybody to get hurt. I’ve got a feeling that what you want, is you want the cops to come in and kill you because you are mad. Because you said you are going to die.”

“But why? This isn’t worth it,” the superintendent told him. “This is a problem.”

The gunman then pointed the pistol at the official.

“Please don’t. Please don’t. Please,” Husfelt said.

The gunman opened fire at Husfelt and school board members. He missed them all, even though he was at close range, said Lee Stafford, director of student services of Bay District Schools. Duke said, “I’m going to kill [unintelligible],” while he fired.

Mike Jones, chief of security for the school system and a retired police officer, exchanged fire with Duke, who was wounded and rolled to the ground. Duke turned his gun on himself, dying of a fatal gunshot to the head, authorities said. Husfelt called Jones a “hero.”

The gunman was declared dead at a local hospital. An autopsy is expected Wednesday.

Police and school officials were left to piece together what happened.

“I’m sure they never expected this kind of event to occur,” Sgt. Jeffrey Becker of the Panama City Police Department.

The superintendent later related the event as being “surreal,” Becker said.

Husfelt told reporters that Duke had almost a smile on his face. “He made up his mind. You could tell he was going to die.”

The superintendent said he believes the gunman used a combination of live bullets and blanks. But police said live bullets were used.

Husfelt told “AC360” Tuesday night that the gunman was “just mixed up” and that he tried to calm him down. “I knew the police were on their way.”

“You knew he had something in mind he was going to do and it would not end well,” Husfelt said.

The superintendent said he wanted to protect the school board members, but Duke did not want to talk.

“The good Lord was standing in front of me,” said the school chief, adding authorities found two bullet holes behind his desk.

Police have a solid lead on Duke’s motive, Becker said, but were not prepared Tuesday night to release it.

The investigation includes Duke’s assertions that his wife had been terminated by the school district. Police were talking with Duke’s wife, Becker said.

School officials said they were unaware of the significance of the spray painting.

But a Facebook page belonging to a Clay Duke has a profile photo of a “V” in a red circle, a logo that is used in the movie “V for Vendetta.”

According to the Internet Movie Database, the 2006 film is about “a shadowy freedom fighter known only as “V” uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.”

CNN could not verify if the Facebook page belonged to the gunman, but it does list Duke, 56, as living in Panama City, Florida.

A biography on Duke’s Facebook page reads: “My Testament: Some people (the government sponsored media) will say I was evil, a monster (V)… no… I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same… rich… they take turns fleecing us… our few dollars… pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%… the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us…”

Under “political views,” Duke labels himself a “Freedom Fighter.” Under religious views, he wrote, “Humanism.”

Duke, who lived in Lynn Haven, a suburb of Panama City, has a previous record, Becker told CNN.

According to the website of the Florida Department of Corrections, Duke was sentenced in 2000 for aggravated stalking, obstructing justice and throwing or shooting into a vehicle.

According to the Panama City News Herald, after six months of stalking a former girlfriend, Duke confronted the woman outside her home on Oct. 20, 1999. He was wearing the mask and vest and holding two .22-caliber guns. He threatened to kill her, then kill several others and then himself, the newspaper said. When the woman tried to drive away, Duke shot out a rear tire.

The photo of Duke on the corrections page matches the Facebook page.

The News Herald reported that the gunman was taken out of the building on a stretcher. According to Panama City Police Chief John Van Etten, no one other than the suspect was injured, affiliate WJHG said.

School board spokeswoman Karen Tucker said the man “was a large guy” she had seen sitting in the back of the boardroom earlier, according to the News Herald.

Superintendent Husfelt will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the administration building in Panama City, police said.

CNN affiliate WMBB reported children and parents were at the meeting to be recognized for achievements, but were gone before the incident began.

“We are absolutely in state of shock,” said Stafford. “I was in the third floor and we were watching the live feed, and first we thought it was a drill. But the more that you watched it, we realized this was an actual incident and emergency situation.”

Duke’s Facebook page listed him as a 1972 graduate of King High School in Tampa.

His favorite quotation: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth,” from the movie “A Few Good Men.”

from:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338645/Florida-school-board-shooting-Moment-gunman-Clay-Duke-opens-fire.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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Clay Duke was born on November 24th, 1954 according to http://www.facebook.com/people/Clay-Duke/825944312?_fb_noscript=1#!/profile.php?id=100001890028704

November 24th, 1954

11 + 24 +1+9+5+4 = 54 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Imitate.  Mimic.  Copycat.

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November 24th, 1954

November 24th

11 + 24 +2+0+1+0 = 38 = his personal year (from November 24th, 2010 to November 23rd, 2011) = Wife.  Burly.  Perverse.  I don’t care.

38 year + 11 (November) = 49 = his personal month (from November 24th, 2010 to December 23rd, 2010) = Are you happy now?

49 month + 14 (14th of the month on Tuesday December 14th, 2010) = 63 = his personal day = Tragedy.  Suicide.  Living nightmare.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Clay Duke

3     4

 

his primary challenge = CD = 34 = Temper.  Lashing out in anger.  First strike.  Quick strike.  Faster than a speeding bullet.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

   17  3 5          16

Clay Duke                   28

33    4 2         12

his soul number = 16 = Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen. 

his outer personality = 12 = Different.

his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = Boldness.  Powerlessness.

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Sunday November 28, 2010 1:48AM

In the parking lot at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, eyes turned toward the sky. A plane flew overhead towing a banner.

4 Years…0 ACC Titles…Lots of excuses…Fire Shannon

According to a witness, the banner inspired quite a few cheers — and that was before Miami kicked off against South Florida. By the end of a 23-20 overtime loss in front of about 26,000 disillusioned fans, Miami officials had a decision to make.

They made it quickly. Shannon was fired Saturday night. As the banner pointed out, Shannon made no dent in the ACC during his tenure. In fact, his teams were a paltry 16-16 in ACC play.

“Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world,” Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in the statement that announced Shannon’s dismissal.

Watching Miami warm up last week for its game against Virginia Tech, the volume of pure athleticism on the roster was shocking. I don’t refer to recruiting rankings. This is about sheer talent. Put Miami’s players in generic uniforms next to the players from Auburn, LSU or Oklahoma, and you wouldn’t know who played for which team. Yet in Shannon’s fourth season at the helm, the Hurricanes have yet to win even the ACC Coastal division.

It’s a shame, because Shannon has done everything right but win. His players graduate. They behave. They represent the school perfectly everywhere except on the field. Saturday’s loss to USF was a prime example. Most of the Bulls chose USF because Miami, Florida and Florida State didn’t recruit them. There is no reason players Miami coaches deemed inferior to their own should be able to come to Dade County and beat the Hurricanes.

The bottom line is this: Shannon produced a seven-win season with an 11-win roster, and The U can do better.

A smart up-and-comer would walk across broken glass to get the Miami job. It won’t pay as much as other marquee jobs, and while the Hurricanes have earmarked money to improve their facilities, they still don’t have the palaces other major programs do. What they do have is a roster that can win the ACC next year and compete for national titles quickly. Even more important is a fertile recruiting ground loaded with exceptional athletes who aren’t so young that they don’t remember when national champions emerged from the smoke at the Orange Bowl.

Or maybe Miami doesn’t have to limit itself only to rising stars.

Mike Leach is jobless in Key West, but Leach interviewed for the Miami job when Shannon got it. Plus, Leach’s Air Raid offense is excellent for programs that don’t have the talent to run a pro-style offense. Miami doesn’t have that problem.

Which brings us to Miami alum Mark Richt. Richt, a pro-style guru, makes more at Georgia than Miami could ever hope to pay, but Miami could offer a fresh start for a coach who never has satisfied Bulldogs fans — even with six double-digit win seasons in 10 years.

Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen is another possibility. Mullen might also convince Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator Manny Diaz — the son of Miami’s former mayor — to come along to Coral Gables provided Diaz isn’t Mullen’s heir apparent at Mississippi State. Mullen may prefer having an SEC job, but Mississippi State will always chase Alabama, Auburn and LSU for players in the SEC west. Win at Miami, and the athletes will beat a path to your door.

Another name to consider is Louisville’s Charlie Strong. Strong has only coached the Cardinals for a season, but he took them from 4-8 to a bowl eligible 6-6, and they were competitive in every game except a 20-3 loss to Pittsburgh. That may not sound impressive, but Strong inherited a depleted roster. Plus, his name has instant credibility in the Sunshine State because of his work as Florida’s defensive coordinator. He also probably would bring defensive coordinator Vance Bedford — a well-connected recruiter in South Florida — and assistant Clint Hurtt, a Miami alum who served as the Hurricanes’ recruiting coordinator from 2007-09.

Let’s also not forget Tommy Tuberville, who served as an assistant on the Miami staffs of Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson. Tuberville may have missed his window, though. His Auburn staff got lazy on the recruiting trail and he was forced out the door. In one season at Texas Tech, Tuberville went 7-5 with an impressive win against Missouri and not-very-impressive losses to lowly-this-year Texas and Iowa State.

The name that also keeps popping up is Jon Gruden, but that sounds like a combination of agent chatter and wishful thinking. Still, some surprising names could pop up in this search because coaches are always intrigued by fertile recruiting areas. Well, they don’t get much more fertile than the area surrounding Miami. If you began at the northern border of Palm Beach County and drew a line across the state, the area below the line produced 470 AQ-conference signees from 2004-09. Each school can sign just 25 players a year, and the area produced more than 18 signing classes worth of AQ-conference players in six years. Miami should have its pick of those players.

Shannon had ample opportunity to return Miami to prominence, but he didn’t get the job done. It’s time to give someone else a chance. If Miami officials choose wisely, the Hurricanes could return to national relevance in a hurry.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/andy_staples/11/28/randy.shannon.firing/index.html#ixzz16ZOJBSZ2

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Randy Shannon was born on February 24th, 1966 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Shannon

February 24th, 1966

2 + 24 +1+9+6+6 = 48 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Meaning.  Direction.  Guidance.  Walking away from it all.

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February 24th

2 + 24 +2+0+1+0 = 29 = his personal year (from February 24th, 2010 to February 23rd, 2011) = Talent.  Skill.  Coordination.  Teamwork.  Cooperation.

29 year + 11 (November) = 40 = his personal month (from November 24th, 2010 to December 23rd, 2010) = Help.

40 month + 27 (27th of the month on Saturday November 27th, 2010) = 67 = his personal day = Average.  Ordinary.

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