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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