Thursday, February 7, 2008

Teacher Shot In Front Of Fifth Grade Students

(A) 1100 Block of 11th Street, site of first stabbing. (B) 1325 Gallia Street (Notre Dame Elementary School) site of assault on teacher. (C) 2517 Argonne Road, home where suspect lives.
A man charged into a school where his estranged wife was a teacher Thursday morning, fired a gun before he stabbed her as her fifth-grade class watched, police said. He later was found dead in his home after apparently shooting himself during a standoff with police.
The teacher, Christi Layne, remained in critical condition at a hospital in nearby Huntington, W.Va., a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police originally said William Michael Layne shot his wife at Notre Dame Elementary, but Chief Charles Horner said it was unclear whether a gunshot fired in the school hit her.

Minutes before the teacher was stabbed, police say her husband stabbed and wounded a different woman in an alley about five blocks from the school.
Horner said at a news conference that he did not know whether that victim, Stephanie Loop, 22, knew the teacher. Loop was also in critical condition.
Christi Layne had filed for divorce Jan. 25.
"She was terrified something like this would happen," said Rebecca Bennett, Christi Layne's lawyer.
The shooting happened around 9 a.m. at the Catholic school on Portsmouth's main road. Student Emmaly Baker said she hid in the classroom's coatroom when the gunman came.

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I'm posting this story because this is the school I attended as a kid. Back then it was known as Holy Redeemer Elementary.

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