Neighbors React to School Board Shooter

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Alford, Florida --

Duke’s address had been reported as being in Lynn Haven, but apparently he and some of his family members have lived in Jackson County. Panama City Police searched an Alford home yesterday night where they say they found more evidence. Duke’s Neighbors are shocked by what has happened.

"It's shocking," says neighbor Jason Mayo. Shocking is the only word Mayo can say about 56-year-old Clay Duke’s actions. Mayo lives down the road from the Duke home. "I've got two kids and it's hard to think that somebody like that lives right down the road from you is capable of doing something like that."

Mayo saw Tuesday’s national news coverage, but didn’t make the connection until Eyewitness News showed up yesterday, December 15.

"I've watched it several times this morning and I didn't recognize him, that's how much we've seen of him. I didn't even know his name," Mayo says. Mayo says Duke had been living in a trailer off Mill Road for a few years. Neighbors described him as quiet and something of a loner.

"Everybody pretty well knows everybody and looks out for everybody," Mayo says.

Panama City Police detectives say they found several items in the trailer: a white board with a circle and the letter ‘V’ written on it, a boot-legged DVD copy of ‘V for Vendetta’ and a calendar with the same symbol written on the December 14th date.

They also found two other white boards contained anti-government writings and pages from military tactical books.

Eyewitness News found a yellow sign on the ground which appeared to advertise training manuals for high-level military branches. The large sign was later removed and the driveway blocked with two wooden boards and a SUV.

Neighbors say this entire incident has made them think twice about their safety.

"It makes you think about the people living around you," Mayo says.

Jackson County Sheriff’s officials say they did not have any issues with Duke while he was living in Alford.


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  • by Foxtrot Location: FL on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    Anyone saying they murdered him is an ignorant fool!
  • by Sasha Location: Lakeland on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    Why talk him down? He went there with the intention to kill and that's just what happened. Better him than the innocent people he was terrorizing. I'm glad noone else was hurt.
  • by Seriously? Location: fla on Dec 17, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    They murdered him? I believe the cause of death was a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Have you even watched the video. The superintendent was trying to talk him down and the security guard shot only after the person opend fire! Swat team? The whole thing lasted 6 minutes. The guy was dead before the 911 call ended. Get your facts straight before spouting such nonsense.
  • by ga Location: fla on Dec 17, 2010 at 03:38 AM
    i agreew/you they didnt even try to talk him down!where was the squat team?????????
  • by grannie Location: ga on Dec 17, 2010 at 03:34 AM
    its a shame they didnt try to talk him first! it may have come out different. you could tell he need help instead of death .
  • by terrible shot Location: leon on Dec 16, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    far as i am concerned they murdered him. did you see him shoot there was no way he could kill anyone. you have to hit them to kill them. i am suprised he even hit himself. HOW DID HE MISS HE WAS ONLY 5 FEET AWAY FROM THEM.
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