Orlando Harris, the 19-year-old who opened fire in a St. Louis school, killing two people and wounding seven before police took him out, reportedly had over 600 rounds of ammunition with him and an AR-15-style rifle that he used during his shooting spree.
(Video Credit: CBS Evening News)
The mass shooting took place on Monday. What is curious is that Harris’ photo is not being shown in most of the media. According to the note he left behind, he evidently was a loner who had never had a girlfriend, Fox News reported.
Police recovered a notebook at the scene where Harris had written about his plan to carry out the school shooting. His assault on the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School killed two victims that included a 15-year-old female student, Tenth-grader Alexzandria Bell, and her 61-year-old physical education teacher, Jean Kuczka while wounding seven others, KSDK reported. Harris was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the police.
“The suspect, in addition to the rifle, brought in a large quantity of ammunition,” St. Louis Police Commissioner Michael Sack stated at a Tuesday press conference. “He had seven magazines of ammunition on a chest rig he wore. He also had an additional eight magazines of ammunition in a field bag he carried.”
“This could have been much worse,” he said.
City Leaders and SLPS Provide Updates on yesterday’s School Shooting. https://t.co/bIlsUiYL73
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) October 25, 2022
The shooter had allegedly also placed fully loaded magazines in the hallways and stairwells just before he attacked the school.
Sack reported that FBI investigators found a handwritten note inside Harris’ vehicle in the school parking lot.
“He [wrote] about his desire to engage in this incident. To conduct a school shooting,” Sack remarked before reading a portion of the killer’s notebook.
“He wrote, quote, ‘I don’t have any friends. I don’t have any family. I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’ve never had a social life. I’ve been an isolated loner my entire life. This was the perfect storm for a mass shooter,’ end quote,” the commissioner said.
There was a mass shooting at a High School in St Louis yesterday committed by former student Orlando Harris and the MSM barely mentioned it
I wonder why? pic.twitter.com/AnlQZjIp9F
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) October 25, 2022
The south St. Louis school was locked. It had seven security guards at the doors, St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams noted. A security guard initially became alarmed when he saw Harris trying to get in one of the doors.
He was armed with a gun and “there was no mystery about what was going to happen. He had it out and entered in an aggressive, violent manner,” Sack charged.
The guard proceeded to alert school officials and made sure police were contacted concerning the matter.
Harris managed to get inside the school anyway. Sack wouldn’t say how he got in, insisting he didn’t want to “make it easy” for anyone else who wants to break into a school.
“Comprehensive” school shooting database inaccurately describes the St. Louis mass school shooting suspect as a white man & suggests it was racially motivated. https://t.co/GM8Ip4FJDR pic.twitter.com/vj4xJfwLw5
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 25, 2022
Relatives of those killed in the shooting were devastated.
“Alexzandria was my everything,” her father, Andre Bell, told KSDK-TV. “She was joyful, wonderful, and just a great person.”
“Alexzandria was outgoing, loved to dance, and was a member of the school’s junior varsity dance team,” her father stated.
“She was the girl I loved to see and loved to hear from. No matter how I felt, I could always talk to her and it was alright. That was my baby,” the distraught father said.
A photo of Alex Bell, the 15-year-old killed in today's school shooting at Central VPA High School in St. Louis. pic.twitter.com/CxbDjGXMjx
— Jacob Kuerth (@jacobkuerth) October 25, 2022
Abby Kuczka recounted that her mother was killed when the shooter burst into her classroom and she moved between him and her students.
“My mom loved kids,” Abbey Kuczka told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “She loved her students. I know her students looked at her like she was their mom.”
All of the seven injured students are 15 or 16 years old. They are all listed in stable condition. Sack said four suffered gunshot or graze wounds, two had bruises, and one had a broken ankle from apparently jumping out of the three-story building according to Politico.
The incident began when officers got a call at about 9:10 am concerning an active shooter at the school on Monday morning. They were there within minutes, entering the school as students and faculty were running for their lives out of the building.
“Upon hearing gunfire, they ran to that gunfire, located the shooter, and engaged that shooter in an exchange of gunfire,” Sack told reporters.
Several people inside the school claimed they heard Harris warn, “You’re all going to f***ing die!,” Politico reported.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) praised the “swift response of local law enforcement” in a statement that was given to Fox News.
“Devastating news in St. Louis,” he commented. “My office is in contact with local authorities, and we stand ready to offer all assistance possible.”
Meanwhile, President Biden took the bloody opportunity to call for a ban on assault weapons.
Jill and I are thinking of everyone impacted by the senseless shooting in St. Louis – especially those killed and injured, their families, and the first responders.
As we mourn with Central Visual and Performing Arts, we must take action – starting by banning assault weapons.
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 25, 2022
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