The teen who shot and killed a teacher and a 15-year-old student at his former St. Louis high school left a note describing his lonesome existence as a “perfect storm for a mass shooter” and carried enough ammunition to kill hundreds.
Before storming Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on Monday with an AR-15-style rifle and at least 600 rounds of ammunition, 19-year-old Orlando Harris killed two people and injured seven others, according to police on Tuesday.
He penned, “I don’t have any friends.”I have no relatives.I have never been with a girl.I have never been social.My whole life, I’ve been a recluse who lives alone.Reading from the note, Commissioner Michael Sack stated, “This was the perfect storm for a mass shooter.”
He said that Harris was acting out because he “felt isolated, he felt alone — quite possibly angry and resentful of others who have, it appeared to him, healthy relationships.” This was the motivation, he said.Therefore, an urge to lash out.
What was going to happen was clear and unambiguous.Sack stated, “He had it out and entered in an aggressive, violent manner.”
The commissioner stated that Harris carried an “AR-15-style rifle” and that “it appears he came into the building with more than 600 rounds of ammunition on his person.” Harris’ weapon of choice was an AR-15.
Sack stated, “This could have been a horrifying scene.”Regarding the mass of ammunition, he stated, “That’s a lot of victims there.”
He wore a chest rig that held seven ammunition magazines.Additionally, he carried a field bag containing eight additional ammunition magazines,” the chief stated, displaying images of the arsenal.
Sack stated, “This doesn’t include the number of magazines he left and dumped on the stairway and in the hallways along the way.”
The previous year’s school graduate Harris had yelled, “You are all going to die!”frightened students said as he fired.
Before his gun allegedly jammed, one girl claimed she was face-to-face with the shooter and was able to flee.
Harris killed tenth-grader Alexandria Bell, 15, and 61-year-old physical education teacher Jean Kuczka before he was shot dead in a shootout with police. He also injured seven students, all of whom were 15 or 16 years old.
KSDK-TV reported that Andre Bell, her father, stated, “Alexandria was my everything.”He praised the dancer, who was also a member of the school’s junior varsity dance team. “She was joyful, wonderful, and just a great person,” he said.
She was the girl I adored seeing and hearing from.I could always talk to her, and it was fine no matter how I felt.That was my child, “Andre Bell declared.
According to Abby Kuczka, the gunman entered her classroom and killed her mother as she moved between him and her students.
Abbey Kuczka stated to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “My mom loved kids.”She adored her pupils.I know that her pupils considered her to be their mother.
According to her biography on the school website, Kuczka is married and has five children and seven grandchildren.She rode bikes a lot and played field hockey for Missouri State University, which is now Missouri State University. Her team won the national championship in 1979.
Kuczka stated on the website, “I cannot imagine myself in any other career than teaching.”I taught swimming lessons at the YMCA while I was in high school.I knew then that I wanted to work as a teacher.