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Ocala school shooting suspect charged with terrorism, hid shotgun in guitar case

The Marion County Sheriff's Office says suspect Sky Bouche hid a shotgun in a guitar case and brought it to Forest High School in Ocala where he shot a 17-year-old student. (Marion County Sheriff's Office | CNN Newsource)

OCALA, Fla. (WPEC) - The teen accused of shooting a student at Forest High School hid a sawed-off shotgun in a guitar case and brought it to school where he shot through a door and injured a 17-year-old student, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Sky Bouche, 19, of Crystal River, is set to appear in court Saturday morning. He is facing charges of terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm, culpable negligence, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a short barreled shotgun, interference in school function and armed trespass on school property.

Investigators say Bouche, once on campus, went to the bathroom to put on a tactical vest and gloves. He left the bathroom and shot one round from the shotgun through a classroom door at 8:39 a.m. on Friday. Three minutes later, Marion County School Resource Deputy Long had Bouche in custody.

The Ocala Star Banner reports a teacher, Kelly McManis-Panusuk, talked to Bouche and told him to hold still until Long arrived. She said Bouche, one of her former students, dropped the shotgun in the hallway, had his hands up and wanted to surrender. She said she pressed an emergency call button at her desk but it didn't appear to work so she called the front office to say she had an active shooter situation.

The sheriff's office said Bouche told deputies he planned to do some kind of shooting on Friday the 13th but changed his mind. Investigators said he began researching different types of mass shootings and decided on a school as a target because it'd get more media attention.

Bouche is due in court at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.


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