Jurors Find O'Rourke Guilty

Monday afternoon Jurors convicted Brendan O'Rourke on seven counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting at Kelly Elementary in Carlsbad Oct. 8, 2010.

has been found guilty of seven counts of attempted murder during the 2010 shooting rampage that wounded two girls at .

O'Rourke, 42, faces 103 years in prison if convicted of all charges. If the jury finds him insane at the time of the shooting, he could be sent to a state mental hospital.

Jurors Thursday afternoon .

Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan said O'Rourke made statements that he was mad at his former employer AIG and President Barack Obama as he went on his rampage against 230 children. "Pick on somebody your own size," the prosecutor said of the defendant.

Deputy Public Defender Dan Segura conceded that his client was guilty of the assault charges, but as to attempted murder, he asked the jury to carefully consider whether O'Rourke intended to kill.

Segura said four doctors have found that his client suffers from severe mental illness.

Stephan said O'Rourke had recently been evicted from his apartment and told the manager that "the FBI and the news (media)" will be at the apartment complex "soon." In her opening statement, Stephan said O'Rourke carried out a planned "terrorist attack," firing into groups of children and wounding the two second-grade girls.

working behind the school followed the suspect, according to the prosecutor. When one of the trio shouted at O'Rourke to stop, the suspect pointed his gun at him, but another pursuer subdued O'Rourke by striking him with his truck, Stephan said.

Do you think the jurors will find O'Rourke sane at the time of the shooting? Tell us in comments.

–CNS contributed to this report

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Sam Smith March 06, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Curiously, no mention is made of the fact that he yelled out "This is a drill! this is drill!" as he allegedly did his shooting.
Deanne Goodman March 06, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Yes that's one of the many things Stephan said he said. Do you think statement will persuade the jury find him sane or insane at the time of the shooting?
Sam Smith March 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The point is is that maybe he believed in his own mind that he was indeed participating in a 'drill' and had no intention to hurt anybody. Did someone put him up to this? Was he even firing live rounds? Maybe the wounds to the injured were caused by powder burns from blank rounds, not a lead slug from a .357 magnum.


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