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Jury Tours Site of School Shooting

Brendan O'Rourke is accused of firing several shots at school children in Carlsbad



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    Brendan O'Rourke appeared in a suit during opening statements on Feb. 27, 2012.

    Jurors in the trial of the Kelly Elementary School shooting toured the school yard where two children were shot and injured while their classmates ran from a man firing randomly. 

    Brendan O’Rourke is accused of seven counts of attempted murder and assault with a firearm for the Oct. 8, 2010 attack at the Carlsbad school.

    Prosecutors argue O’Rourke hopped the fence and fired a .357 as children ran for cover. They claim O’Rourke, who had filled his pockets with bullets, intended to kill as many kids as possible.

    During what's being called their "scene tour", jurors walked to nine locations including a hill where prosecutors say O'Rourke's car was parked.

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    This afternoon, the jurors stood at the jungle gym - the location of one child who said "[the gunman] pointed the gun directly at me, but I dropped down and the bullet hit the monkey bars." The 8-year-old was one of several children who testified earlier this week.

    One father was hopeful the scene tour will help jurors get a better sense of what happened the day his son had to hide in a classroom on lockdown.

    "I think it's a good idea. I think they'll get a firsthand view as to how easy that person went about jumping the fence, coming after the kids. It will be very visible," Jeff Kiser said.

    The defense has asked jurors to keep an open mind, claiming O’Rourke is not guilty of the charges by reason of insanity.

    If convicted, O’Rourke faces up to 103 years in prison. 

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