JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New information is surfacing in March's murder-suicideat the Episcopal School of Jacksonville that left head of school Dale Regan and the shooter, a recently fired Spanish teacher, dead.
The final police report was released Friday...in it, a coach details how he was sitting on a couch in Regan's office when 28-year-old Shane Schumerth burst through the side door carrying a guitar case. Regan asked him what he was doing, and he silently pulled out an AK-47 from his case. The coach yelled "Shane, no, no!" and left the room, thinking Regan was right behind him.
The report says the coach told police he then heard 5 to 7 shots, and then a single shot. Police say they found a receipt for the AK-47 from a gun show on February 5, about a month before the Episcopal shooting.
The report says the coach would have had to get by a table, sofa chair, and Regan's chair if he wanted to overpower Schumerth.
Shane Schumerth's family says they had no idea he would be capable of doing what he did, but mentioned he'd been battling depression at home.
Schumerth was fired from his teaching job the morning of March 6 for failing to meet requirements and some attendance issues. He returned to the campus several hours later with an AK-47 in a guitar case and shot Regan dead in her office before he took his own life.
Dale Regan had spent 34 years as an educator, seven as the head of school at Episcopal.