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Jury deliberations begin in case of Carlsbad school shooting

March 5, 2012 |  1:15 pm

A jury Monday afternoon is set to begin deliberations in the trial of a 42-year-old man accused of attacking students and employees at a Carlsbad elementary school, wounding two students.

Brendan O'Rourke, 42, an unemployed security guard, is accused of seven counts of attempted murder in the shooting at Kelly Elementary School on Oct. 8, 2010. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

According to testimony, O'Rourke jumped the fence at the school and began firing a .357 Magnum while shouting incoherently. He was tackled by two construction workers and held down until police arrived.

The two students who were wounded have recovered and testified at the trial in the Vista division of the San Diego County Superior Court. O'Rourke did not testify.

If the jury convicts O'Rourke, a second phase of the trial would begin with psychiatric testimony. The jury would then decide whether O'Rourke was insane at the time of the attack.


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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Brendan O'Rourke. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego