A gunman has been shot dead by a security guard at a Florida school board meeting after he walked up to a podium, spray painted a red ‘V’ with a circle around it and began firing, a school official said.
Bay District spokeswoman Karen Tucker said former police officer Mike Jones, the head of the school district’s security, shot the gunman as he confronted board members. Mr Jones is also a former board member, she said.
There were no other injuries. The gunman’s name has not been released.
Reporter Daniel Carson of the Panama City News Herald was at the meeting and said the man did not appear agitated while sitting in the back of the room.
Carson and other reporters said the man then came to the podium and began talking, perhaps cursing.
He pulled out a can of red spray paint and painted the ‘V’ with a circle around it on a wall.
The man then pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and told everyone to leave except the male members of the board, Mr Carson said.
School board member Ginger Littleton hit the gunman with her handbag and he appeared to push her to the ground, Mr Carson said. He then started firing randomly.
Mr Carson and others ran outside. He said he peeked through the door and could see the man talking to the remaining board members.
When he closed the door, Mr Carson said he heard two shots. He went back inside and it appeared Mr Jones had entered through another door and shot the gunman in the head.