CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2001 |
A judge Friday delayed ruling on whether Charles Andrew Williams, 15, accused of killing two students and wounding 13 people at Santana High School in Santee, should be tried as an adult or juvenile. El Cajon Superior Court Judge Herbert Exharos said he needs another week to study arguments by Williams' attorneys challenging Proposition 21, the measure adopted by voters last year that allows prosecutors to file murder charges against juveniles in Superior Court.
March 27, 2001 |
Their heads bowed, two teenagers accused of shooting rampages at local high schools appeared at separate hearings Monday, where one pleaded not guilty and attorneys for the other vowed to fight a law requiring that he be tried as an adult.
March 17, 2001 |
The father of Charles Andrew Williams said Friday that he is still looking for answers to explain the March 5 campus shooting that traumatized the town of Santee. Known to family and friends as Andy, the 15-year-old boy is accused of killing Randy Gordon, 17, and Bryan Zuckor, 14, and wounding 13 other students and staff members at Santana High School in a shooting that focused international attention on the San Diego suburb.
March 9, 2001 |
It was a fleeting second that lasted forever: the instant that campus security guard Peter Ruiz made eye contact with the pint-sized gunman who had allegedly just fired three bullets into his back and was to shoot 14 other people before surrendering to sheriff's deputies. Immobilized by a bullet wedged in his pelvic bone, Ruiz lay on the ground waving one arm at the young man--"Like, hey, hey. It's time to stop."
March 8, 2001 |
The bloody tableau facing San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Howard Kluge was the stuff of nightmares. The bodies of children lay strewn like discarded toys. Their moans filled the air--cries of pain, pleas for help. Kluge's conscience tugged hard, but he had no choice. He couldn't help. Not yet. Not until he got to the gunman who caused the mayhem. So he ignored the cries. "It was the most helpless feeling in my life," he said.
March 8, 2001 |
There were reminders: Dried blood on a sidewalk. A chair where a friend once sat. A bathroom turned into a killing place. But mostly what remains is emotion. Sadness collides with anger. Grief encounters a desire for revenge. A sense of hope battles despair. For Santana High School students returning to school Wednesday for the first time since a bloody rampage left two dead and 13 injured, this posed a dilemma.