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More testimony from Tuesday on the Rocori High School shooting…
Jade Schmitt, a freshman at the Cold Spring high school at the time of the shootings in 2003, testified that McLaughlin walked out of the locker room for gym class that day a few steps behind Bartell. Schmitt said he saw McLaughlin pull a .22-caliber pistol from his gym bag and raise it in a two-handed grip, then heard a shot and saw Bartell grab his side.
Another witness, reading instructor Louise Hopfer, said she also saw McLaughlin clasping the gun. Hopfer said he was aiming carefully, though she couldn’t see his target.
“I could see the smirk on his face – I knew he knew what he was going for,” Hopfer said.
Ross Kasparek, then a freshman, testified that he was walking up stairs to the gym ahead of Bartell. He saw McLaughlin walk toward Bartell with the gun, raising his arm as he approached.
Without saying anything, McLaughlin held the barrel of the gun a couple of inches from Bartell’s forehead and fired, Kasparek said.
A smirk on his face and a two-handed grip. And somehow we’re supposed to feel sorry for this kid. I don’t think so.