Teen gunman Asa Coon, 14 years of age, went on a rampage at SuccessTech Academy High School in Cleveland, opening fire and killing four people in a shooting spree. He then turned the gun on himself.
“He’s crazy. He threatened to blow up our school. He threatened to stab everybody”
The victims were two men (teachers) ages 57 and 42; and two boys (students) ages 17 and 14. A 14-year-old girl hurt her knee leaving the building but was not shot. All the children are in good condition and the two adults’ conditions were “slightly elevated,” according to Mayor Frank Jackson. Witnesses said that Asa Coon, whom students described as “odd”, was upset about being suspended for fighting earlier in the week. He came to school with a gun in each hand and began firing.
Rachel Metzger, a neighbor of Coon’s, described him as a “very hyper kid.” :
“He’s constantly yelling at his mom or anybody else. She could never keep control of him. He’s pretty violent.”
A fellow student once asked Coon if he played Halo 3. The answer was no, but he did play Guild Wars.
Student Ronnell Jackson said he saw Asa Coon running down a school hallway. “He was about to shoot me but I got out just in time,” said Jackson. Another student, Doneisha LeVert, said she heard the principal say ‘Code Blue’ over the public address system, and the students started running. She said she hid in a closet with some of her friends.
Charles Blackwell, president of the Student-Parent Organization at SuccessTech, said parents have petitioned to get a metal detector and security guard. The guard they had was taken away three years ago, and the only guard regularly assigned now is primarily for the administration section of the building, Blackwell said.
Juvenile Court records showed that Coon had a criminal history and mental health problems since 2005, and threatened to commit suicide while in a mental health facility in summer 2006.
Coon was also an apparent fan of Marilyn Manson, which was on the front of the t-shirt he was wearing when he went on his shooting rampage. A disturbing photo of him after he shot himself can be found through a search. The crime scene photo was leaked through Cleveland’s radio show Rover’s Morning Glory. Police officer Walter Emerick originally took the photo; he sent it to others who leaked the image on the net. He was suspended 8 days as punishment. (source)