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Suspect in Carlsbad school shooting enters insanity plea

June 10, 2011 | 11:07 am

The 41-year-old defendant in a Carlsbad elementary school shooting that wounded two girls has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Brendan O'Rourke entered the plea Thursday in the Vista branch of San Diego County Superior Court. His next court appearance is set for Aug. 17.

Witnesses said O'Rourke was screaming incoherently when he jumped the fence at Kelly Elementary School last October and began firing randomly before being tackled by construction workers.

He remains in custody and faces charges that could bring a life sentence.


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Photo: Brendan O'Rourke in court Oct. 13, 2010. Credit: Charlie Neuman / San Diego Union-Tribune