Flashback- It began when Morrison walked into the building, opened fire and claimed to have explosives. He separated the males from the females and held six of the girls. A young girl was released shortly after, then hours later, three others were allowed to leave.
Wegener said authorities decided to enter the school to save the two remaining hostages after Morrison cut off negotiations and set a deadline. He said authorities used explosives as they entered the classroom, only to have the suspect fire at officers, shoot one of the girls and then himself.
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“My decision was to either wait, with the possibility of having two dead hostages, or act to try and save what I feared he would do to them,” the sheriff said.
Cassidy Grigg, 16, a student at the school, said the gunman walked in, fired one shot at the floor and ordered the students to line up. He told the boys to leave and the girls to stay.
“You could tell that he wanted the females,” Cassidy told NBC’s Today show on Thursday. “He tapped me on the shoulder and he told me to leave the room. I told him, ‘I don’t want to leave.”‘
Grigg said the gunman told him that if he refused to leave, he would kill him. The student said he wanted to stay to give support to the girls in the classroom.
ht. jerry manderin