VISTA — The man accused of shooting at kids and staff at a Carlsbad elementary school, wounding two second-grade girls, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
On June 9, the day before defendant Brendan Liam O’Rourke turned 42, he entered the plea in a Vista courtroom.
Witnesses testified at an earlier court date that they saw O’Rourke jump the school’s fence and start firing a gun during recess last
At O’Rourke’s arraignment last year, the prosecutor said he had carried a .357 Ruger six-shot revolver, a gas can and extra ammunition into the school.
According to San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan, O’Rourke fired at least six shots from the gun.
He is charged with seven counts of premeditated attempted murder and seven counts of assault with a firearm, and faces 103 years to life in prison, if convicted.
He was arrested on the day of the shootings last October, after being tackled and held by construction workers who were at the Kelly Elementary school site.
Both victims suffered gunshot wounds to their arms.
O’Rourke remains in jail and will be evaluated by two appointed doctors.
He is expected back in court Aug. 17; a trial is scheduled for Oct. 3.