TonightWUSA 9 NEWS had a fairly long story on the Woodbridge campus NVCC shooting. There were several articles with updates and interviews on their website. It is hard to imagine just how lucky we really were yesterday. According to one of the WUSA 9 articles:
MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) — A former high school teammate says suspected shooter, Jason Hamilton, was a “quiet” person who ran varsity track in high school.
“We used to have pasta parties at his house before [track] meets,” says 19-year-old Jarrod Zong. He says he graduated last year with Hamilton from Hylton High School.
Hamilton has been charged with shooting inside a classroom in NOVA’s Woodbridge campus, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.
“Definitely one of the nicest people on the team. Just a quiet guy. I ran with him four years. Athletically, he came out of his shell. I didn’t see it coming,” says Zong.
9NEWS NOW saw Zong drop off flowers on the door of Hamilton’s house at the 14000 block of Baneberry Circle in Manassas.
Zong says he ran track and cross country with Hamilton. He says the track team was a second family to the suspected shooter.
9NEWS NOW obtained the charging documents from Prince William County Court. The documents indicate that Hamilton brought a bag with a hunting rifle into the classroom. He shot and missed the professor, Tatyana Krvchuck, twice. Hamilton later confessed to his actions
Someone meaner than a junk yard dog is fairly easy to predict. You know to stay away from them. You understand the danger. So many people seem to have sleeper cell personalities. Nowadays it seems that you hear more and more about seemingly nice, decent people going off the deep end, over the edge, and going on a psychotic rampage. This behavior presents quite a problem when the bizarre, outrageous behavior seems to errupt from out of nowhere.
Yet we continue to hear guns rights folks talk about the rights of lawabiding citizens. The problem is, everyone thinks they are a lawabiding citizen. Technically, Jason Hamilton was a lawabiding citizen. He hasn’t been convicted yet so I suppose he still is. How do we balance the rights of the individual and the rights of society? We have 2nd amendment rights to protect as well as those hippa rights that keep ones mental and physical business confidential. We have people being killed just going about their normal everyday lives like those individuals at Fort Hood. A jammed gun is probably what kept the NVCC math teacher alive.
Where do we draw the line? How do we ensure rights and at the same time, protect society? A nice quiet kid on the track team just missed being a homocidal maniac, yet no one seemed to know. He could be any of our kids.
From ABC 7 regarding the shooting incident:
The fact that he bought his gun near the camputs the day before makes this story even more chilling. How many people will want to teach any subject, much less math?