Young Kelly School Shooting Victims Testify

The girls were 6 and 7 when a gunman allegedly walked onto campus and opened fire, grazing their arms with bullets

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    The two little girls who were shot when a man dressed in black allegedly walked onto a playground at Kelly Elementary School and emptied his gun into a crowd of children testified at a preliminary hearing on Monday.

    Brendan Liam O'Rourke, 41, is charged with seven counts each of premeditated attempted murder and assault with a firearm.

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    O'Rourke allegedly jumped a fence at Kelly Elementary carrying a .357 magnum, pockets full of ammunition and a gas can on Oct. 8 during recess time and fired into the crowd of children.

    The bullets grazed the arms of two little girls, aged 6 and 7.

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    On Monday, the girls testified with their dads standing or sitting behind them and both were with therapy dogs.

    "I saw a man holding a gun. He was close to the fence and he was yelling.  I didn't understand him,” testified the oldest victim, who is now eight.

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    That’s when O'Rourke allegedly opened fire.

    “I heard really loud noises like an earthquake… My arm felt kind of weird… It was squiggly and you could see through it,” the girl testified. “It was really bad.”

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    The second girl is now seven.

    "He was standing in the field pointing a gun at me,” she testified. “His hand was straight out from his body, pointing at my arm.”

    That’s when she says she was shot in the arm and it started to bleed.

    “I started to run to a room in the school,” she testified. My left arm started to vibrate and then it started to hurt.”

    Besides the two girls who were shot, three other children who were close to the shooter also testified, one of them saying he saw the man shoot at his friend.

    Miraculously no one was killed, thanks, in part, to the heroic actions of several men.

    O'Rourke faces 103 years in prison if convicted on all counts.