Clay A. Duke — the man who shockingly shot at a Northern Florida school board before taking his own life — was a ticking time bomb with a violent past, RadarOnline.com is reporting.
At a news conference Wednesday, police shed light on Duke’s violent past — saying he had shot at his wife while she was attempting to get inside a car several years ago.
RadarOnline.com has uncovered Duke’s rap sheet from that incident. The documents show that on October 20, 1999, Duke was arrested and charged with several felony charges.
The docs also show that on January 18, 2000, he was found guilty of aggravated stalking, shooting into a vehicle with a mask and wearing a bullet proof vest.
He was sentenced to five years in jail.
RadarOnline.com has also uncovered two separate mug shots taken of Duke in 1992 and 1996. It is not known the nature of the offenses related to those mug shots.
As RadarOnline.com has previously reported, Duke, 56, terrorized a school board meeting on Tuesday after he held them hostage before shooting at them from point-blank range. Amazingly, none of the board members was hit by gunfire, and the entire incident was captured on videotape.
Duke quietly listened to the agenda before he walked to the front of the room, spray painted a red “V” with a circle on the wall, pulled out a small-caliber handgun, and told everyone but the men on the board to “hit the road.
“Six men stay — everyone else leave,” he said.
One of the hostages, Bay City Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt, told the AP, “We could tell by the look in his eyes that this wasn’t going to end well.”
Police confirmed Wednesday that within the past year, Duke’s wife — a teacher — had been terminated by the school board and that he had a beef with Husfelt.
In just one of many shocking moments on the videotape Ginger Littleton, the female member on the panel who Duke released, unsuccessfully tried to stop Duke by hitting him in the arm with her purse, prompting him to point the gun at her and call her a “stupid b—- ” , although he did not fire.
Littleton told the AP Duke “had every opportunity to take me out.”
Duke then launched into a rambling monologue blaming the men on the board for his wife’s firing from the northern Florida school district, although he did not identify his wife or what position she’d had with the organization.
After the board members unsuccessfully tried to reason with him, Duke fired two rounds of ammunition at them from about 8 feet away, until security guard Mike Jones shot him in the leg, police Sgt. Jeff Becker told the AP.
In the video, it appears that the school board members had been hit by gunfire — but they were not.
Duke — who was wounded — then turned the gun on himself and ended his life with his final bullet in his gun, according to police.
Duke wrote on his Facebook page that he was a 1972 graduate of King High School in Tampa, and his favorite quote was Jack Nicholson‘s climactic line from A Few Good Men — “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!