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North Carolina School Shooting: What Can We Learn?

by George Wehby   |  October 25th, 2011 19

This is a strange one. Apparently, a 15-year-old girl was shot while attending high school in Cape Fear, N.C., yesterday. No one reported seeing the gunman or even hearing a gunshot; although one witness claimed they heard a “pop” at the time the shooting occurred.

The girl collapsed from the gunshot wound and the school was put on a lock down until authorities could secure the area and treat the girl’s injuries. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies could not find a shooter or even determine how the girl was shot until later that day when they reviewed school surveillance footage.

“I didn’t see a weapon, I did not see a gunman, I just heard the popping, and I saw her drop and holding her neck. You could see the blood pouring out,” fellow student Shane Faircloth told ABC News.

According to reports, surveillance cameras aided authorities in identifying Ta’Von McLaurin, 18, and a 15-year-old, whose name has not been released because of his age. Charges will be filed later today.

A .22 Daisy rifle and shell casings were found on the grounds of the school and are suspected to have been used by the two in custody.

This is one of those situations in life where the lesson learned is a little difficult to determine, since the incident was a mystery in the early going. Even now, there are a lot of questions still to be answered. Why did these two teens commit this horrible act? Was it gang violence or simply the case of troubled students with a grudge?

It is hard to defend against what is believed to be such a random event, but one can be prepared when something like this occurs. In a critical incident such as this, it is important to set up an immediate 360-degree security. This can be done in the simplest way, like seeking cover with one path in and finding a choke point. This allows you to be secure on all sides — the others can be covered visually. Another step is to immediately identify the threat. If there is an ongoing threat, it must be neutralized before you can provide other individuals with medical attention. Taking yourself away from dealing with the threat to provide aid to a victim can lead to you and the individual needing medical attention. You can do them no good if you go down as well. Like in this case, if the threat has ceased, treat the wounded while maintaining security.

It is important to have a basic knowledge of dealing with gunshot wounds or life threatening injuries, so that you can provide medical attention to someone when the time is right. You may find that you will have to give yourself medical attention. There are courses available on tactical casualty care. In the end of the day, this incident may have been unavoidable, but it doesn’t mean we cannot be prepared for when it does.

  • Tanstaafl2

    .22 Daisy rifle and shell casings? I didn't know Daisy ever made firearms (other than an experimental caseless ammo model several decades ago). I thought they where strictly BB and pellet firing weapons.

    • ziggy

      Daisy made a .22 cal rifle. I have one somewhere. look it up on the daisy site.

      • ziggygunsmith

        ziggygunsmith says. that this is a bolt action .22 long rifle 5 shot magazine.

    • oldmsrebel

      Daisey makes a .177 that fires a 20+ grain lead bullet at 1000 fps that will kill a squirrel at 50 yards. This is plenty enough to kill a human !!

      • James

        my Crossman Powermaster 760 will fire a BB or pellet .177 up to 1,300 fps with 15 pumps.

  • clowncar

    older model, closet stored, parents likely wouldn't miss it missing. Many of the 18-20yr ppl I work with are talking up Gang reasons for this. Too early for the truth atpoint; might be extremely tough to investigate.Believe it or not alot of junior/senior age ppl use the concealed carry, illegally, so this could be a missed target case.

    • Al

      parents wouldn't 'miss it missing'?
      Talking up gang reasons?
      the truth atpoint??????? What?
      How are we supposed to read this gibberish??
      clowncar?? wow……

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Didn't they know it was illegal to bring a weapon onto school grounds? If they'd only been made aware of the law this wouldn't have happened.

    Just kidding. There are over 20,000 gun laws in the United States. They impose burdens, to varying degrees, on honest citizens. Not one law, however, has ever prevented a criminal from doing whatever he wanted to do.

  • Crime Free America!

    I think the key to this shooting is the fact the girl was shot in the neck. It is my opinion that this shooting was intended to be similar to the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, where Mrs. Gifford, was shot in the head. The shooter misjudged the trajectory hitting her in the neck instead. Simply a copycat shooting in my mind. It is sad that these things happen. More laws will not cure this kind of thing, only severe and swift punishment will.

  • Don

    It was made as poorly as a cheap BB rifle.

  • Antonio

    So my take-away is this: as an individual I can't set up a 360-degree perimeter, and if I can't see the shooter, I'm limited to calling 911, moving people to safety, helping the victim.

    So, George, how about a post or article on "tactical casualty care," something I can build on (or is providing medical advise on-line a legal liability?).

    • John

      Roll up in a squad car put her in get the hell out.

  • porkchop6209

    Originally the police and school officials were blaming hunters as the probable source of the shot that wounded that young lady. I don't suppose an apology will be forthcoming from aforementioned officials for placing errant blame before all the facts were in?

  • island shooter

    Blaming hunters is strong they were spitballing possible scenarios early in the Investigation that may have a been person closet or part of the team talking to press verses an official statement we are looking for hunters in the area.

    • Al

      a person closet?? Blaming hunters they were spitballing?? Your whole statement is nonsensical!!

  • shootbrownelk

    It will be interesting to find out what type of families these 2 thugs came from. And what type of students they were. I'm guessing that one or both were always troublemakers,and authorities never dealt with them.

  • Snug

    The Daisy "Legacy" was a small,inexpensive,bolt action in.22s/l/lr. They were two models,a single shot,and a repeater w/ a clip like the Ruger 10-22.The rifle is accurate.It retailed below $80 inmost stores.The stock was adjustable for length.__Don't knock the gun ,punish the damn juvenile criminals.

  • mike

    Please call guns,guns, or firearms! They are not weapon's untilled used against people! Dont give the antis ammo

  • Chuck Spence

    I often ask myself why do these shooters pick innocent people to shoot when there are so many thugs that need shooting. The saddest thing is that the young lady didn't do anything to deserve what happened to her. These jack asses, because of their age will most likely still only get a slap on the wrist. In my mind they intended to kill this young lady so regardless of whether or not they accomplished what they intended to do, they need to be put to sleep just like a bad dog that goes around biting innocent people. I do not see any difference. Besides I am sick of my tax dollars being wasted on keeping dirt bags alive in jail. There isn't even a need for an expensive trial, they were caught on tape, put them to sleep today. Swift justice is the only way to detour other wanna-be thugs of the future. She was probably a promising student and those two clowns were probably nothing but trouble since the day they learned how to talk. It all reflects on their parents though, those two probably come from homes where the parents don't have a clue what their on kids are up to.

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