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All Crime Is Personal

Girl describes Roseburg High shooting at trial:

Apparently, the trial has started in the Roseburg High shooting in Oregon…

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Joseph Monti unbuttoned his black shirt to reveal for a judge the damage he suffered in a shooting at Roseburg High School in February, and a female student testified that she saw the shooting unfold in the packed courtyard.

Andrea Gingery, 16, said she was a few feet from Monti when she witnessed a boy behind him — Vincent Leodoro — pull a gun.

Monti began screaming and collapsed after the first shot, Gingery said. Within three to four seconds, Leodoro stepped closer and fired three more shots into Monti’s back as he lay on the ground, she said.

The testimony was given Tuesday as the prosecution neared the end of its case against Leodoro, who faces charges that could keep him in a state juvenile prison until he is 25 years old.

Monti, 16, showed the judge the scars from four surgeries that followed the four gunshot wounds. Leodoro, sitting a few feet away, appeared uninterested by the display from his former friend.

Roseburg police Detective Kent Grant testified that a 10-mm handgun was used to shoot Monti, and it has the same diameter bullet as the .40-caliber pistol that is popular among police agencies. Ann Marie Simmons, the deputy district attorney, said the weapon belonged to the boy’s stepfather.

A search of Leodoro’s bedroom yielded dozens of bullets and a research paper on military weapons, sniper tactics and bullet-resistant vests, Douglas County sheriff’s Detective David Bartley testified.

It seems like an open and shut case at this point but these kinds of cases can be very unpredictable. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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