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Wife Of Florida School Board Shooter Calls Him "Gentle Giant"

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   We're learning more about the troubled gunman, Clay Duke, and the hero security guard who shot him as he fired point-blank at six school board officials.

   Clay Duke's attack startled everyone else, but he planned this.  Police found the date circled on his home calendar. And once he held members of the Bay District School Board hostage, he ignored their pleas. Ginger Littleton, the only woman on the board, snuck back inside and tried to disarm Duke with her purse. Duke let her live, but no one could talk him down.

   Wednesday, an emotional Rebecca Duke told reporters she was hoping to give her husband some good news. She says she was going to say "honey I've got a job."  She says now she'll never get that chance.  Duke told reporters "I loved my husband he was really a gentle giant."

    By the time he opened fire, missing even at point blank range, Duke was a troubled and broke ex-con.  Angry the school system had fired his wife, a special needs teacher.  His lawyer said Duke was also bi-polar, which kept him jobless, so he couldn't afford his medications.

    By the time somebody called 9-1-1, Mike Jones couldn't afford to wait.  In the board room, the school district's security chief returned fire, and dropped Duke.  Jones, hugged and hailed as a hero by everyone, told CBS News Duke fired eleven shots.  All missed.  Jones fired seven shots. At least three of them wounded Duke before the gunman killed himself.  In the dead man's pocket police found 25 more rounds of ammunition.

  Rebecca Duke, the gunman's widow, says she believes her husband missed all his targets, even at close range, because he wanted to.

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