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Wednesday began like most other days for Sandy Gail Chesser, preparing to open Goodmans Barbecue for another busy lunch crowd. Then at just before 10:30 a.m., that all changed, when the shooting began next door at Timberland Ford. Keith, my kitchen manager, was at the smoker, Chesser said. He heard the shots, but at rst he thought it was a tool, like what they use to take lug nuts off. Then he saw people running this way. He also saw some people running into the woods. Just as he made it back inside the restaurant, they heard banging on the front door. One of the girls ran to look, Chesser said. They were shouting, Let us in. Call 911. Somebodys shooting. One of them said, Hes shooting everybody. Chesser and her employees let the three terried women into the restaurant. She believes one was an employee and two were customers. One of the women climbed the fence separating her restaurant and Timberland to escape, she added. We let them in and then locked all the doors to the restaurant, she said. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayFebruary 7-8, 2014 One section 125th Year, No. 6 Weather Friday61 42 20%Saturday65 48 Sunday67 45 Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 60% Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Looking Back . ....... A-10 Classieds . .......... A-12 Community stunned Investigators are still trying to determine a motive behind the shooting inside Timberland Ford Wednesday morning in which employee Earl Edward Clague Jr., 51, allegedly crashed a pickup truck into the front of the dealership, exited the vehicle and began opening re with a semi-automatic shotgun. Law enforcement ofcials said during a Thursday afternoon press conference that Clague was an employee in good standing and had called in sick Wednesday. Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce Deputy Robert Lundy was in the dealership having his car serviced at the time of the shooting and immediately responded. Gunre was exchanged and Clague was killed. Lundy and two employees were shot and are recovering at local hospitals while three additional victims suffered minor injuries, ofcials said. Except for Lundy, the identities of those injured have not been released. While we dont yet know the motive behind [Clagues] actions, that is something were pursuing in the investigation, said Don Ladner, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tallahassee Regional Investigators seek motive behind shooting rampage A man with a gun Vanessa Whitt Thrift was in the back of the Timberland Ford service area when she rst heard the screams. Then, the yelling: Theres a man with a gun. Two women ran toward her and she ushered everyone into her ofce, a side room off the main area. I closed the door and locked it, then I had the women get under the desk. When I looked out the window, I saw him and he looked straight at me. There was a whole bunch of shots and then I could hear (Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce deputy Robert) Lundy shouting for somebody to call his wife, Thrift said. When the other ofcers started coming in, I ran out of my ofce and over to Lundy. He was standing up, holding his side where hed been shotso we nally got him to lay down and I took off my sweater and put it under his head. Then I took off my shirt and pressed it to where the blood was coming out. Thrift, who has worked at Timberland Ford for about four months, said she didnt recognize the shooter when she rst saw him. I know it was Ed (Earl Edward Clague Jr.), but he Eyewitness held deputyThree people were shot and three additional people injured in the workplace shooting at Timberland Ford Wednesday. Above, a victim is loaded into an ambulance for transport to an area hospital. The identities of the shooting survivors have not been released; the shooter/suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Hes shooting everybody Timberland employees sought shelter at Goodmans Family members rushed to the scene on U.S. 19 South and joined loved ones in waiting as law Please see page 5 Please see page 5 Please see page 5 He saved lives The Steinhatchee community is wrapping its arms around its homegrown hero, Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce Deputy Robert Lundy, who remains in critical condition at an area hospital. Lundy and his family are well known, and well-liked, in the community, locals said. Robert and (his wife) Kelly are both very caring people. Robert is conscientious and loves his job. Hes a good family man. Kelly is a hard worker and a good mom. She is so good with the children (at Steinhatchee School where she works as a nurses aide). A lot of prayers are going out for them. Lundys wife rst received the news of the shooting through a phone call from a friend. She didnt believe it. Then the deputies came down and got her and Roberts mother (Linda Fix, who also works at the school) to take them to the hospital. Their second grader was in class, so they got her so she wouldnt hear about it from somebody else. Lundy, whose father Bobby Lundy served on the Taylor County Board of Commissioners in the late 1980s, grew up in Steinhatchee and attended school here in Steinhatchee. He started working with Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce in March 2004. He is well liked by everyone here. Were just asking everyone to keep TCSO Deputy Robert Lundy and his familyPlease see page 3Deputy praised as homegrown hero(Photos and coverage by Angela M. Castelucci and Mark Viola)


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A-3 Perry News-Herald February 7-8, 2014 Local law enforcement ofcials are praising the actions of Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO) Deputy Robert Lundy during Wednesdays shooting at Timberland Ford and also expressing appreciation to outside agencies for providing assistance since the incident. The Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce today is praying for one of our own who yesterday jumped into action here in our hometown, Sheriff L.E. Bummy Williams said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. He was in the right place at the right time and acted to protect Taylor County residents. Deputy Lundys training and skills enabled him to respond immediately, assessing the situation and acting quickly to save lives, he continued. As you are aware, Perry is a tight-knit community, Perry Police Department (PPD) Capt. Jamie Cruse said. This is a great place to raise a family and we consider it safe. This is the last place youd expect an act of violence like this to be committed. Cruse credited training efforts at both PPD and TCSO for the quick response time to Wednesdays incident. Just to let you know, we didnt prepare for this yesterday, Cruse said. We have been preparing for this for the past year. With the assistance of AMTEC LessLethal Systems...we began rst responder and active shooter training with all of the ofcers of the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce, the Perry Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriffs Ofce. Were continually training, working to increase our skills and yesterday, this dedication to law enforcement and that training paid off. This made the difference between life and death. From Deputy Lundy being there with his vehicle being serviced to the rst responders being in the immediate vicinity, we were well prepared for our ofcers to respond to these acts, and all of these ofcers are to be commended for heroic actions on the scene. We love our community. We love Perry. And our citizens deserve no less than the training weve received. Accoridng to Cruse, a fund has been established at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union for Lundy. This is to assist him and his family in this great time of need, he said. I would like to say thank you to my fellow sheriffs who have been here with resources and to provide moral support, and for the contribution to Deputy Lundys family by the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association Lend-a-Hand Program, Williams said. We are deeply grateful to the many law enforcement agencies who responded for their support. We would also like to commend how helpful and resilient the Timberland Ford team has been during this time. Training credited for making the difference between life and death Businesses, individuals step up to support law enforcement, victims For many in Perry and Taylor County, workplace violence is a term theyve heard most often in news reports from areas far and wide. But never in relation to their hometown. Until Wednesday. Now, it is the subject of every conversation on the street, every outlet of social media and in headlines across the region. But for the men and women of Taylor Countys law enforcement, terms like active shooter and lone gunman are drilled into their skill set thanks to a yearlong effort by the police department and sheriffs ofce. That effort culminated in an ambitious multi-agency exercise just over a month ago that involved dozens of ofcersincluding Deputy Robert Lundyand a broad cross section of public safety responders. The focus of the exercise was a response to reports of a lone shooter entering an area school. This is a small town and while many people dont think things like this can happen here, we have to be prepared just in case it does. This type of training is designed to give our ofcers the tools, the skills and the experience they need in order to deal with a person intent on causing as much pain as possible on others. Ofcers were also trained on how to respond to a situation like that in small groups or as an individual. The hope is that all this effort will help save lives, Perry Police Department Capt. Jamie Cruse said. That hope was borne out during comments made by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) ofcials Thursday, who said without a doubt, the actions Deputy Lundy took in response to the shooting at Timberland Ford saved lives. As news of the shooting spread across the community, the response from individuals and businesses was immediate and much appreciated. Goodmans BBQ, Walmart and AMTEC Less Lethal all donated food, water and drinks to the nearly 100 members of law enforcement working the case. Additional food was delivered to the hospital where families and coworkers awaited word on their loved ones. Cruse also praised the men and women of the police and sheriffs departments who stepped up and handled everything behind the scenes. They all did an excellent job and allowed us to do our job. praying for him and his family. Taylor County Sheriff L.E. Bummy Williams said Lundy has always exemplied hard work and the traits needed to be an honorable and effective law enforcement ofcer. I am proud to say that Robert Lundy is a deputy sheriff with the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce. We ask for your continued prayers for all families involved. HOMEGROWN HERO Continued from page 1 Lundy: honorable, effective (Photo by Wayne Dunwoody)


A-4 Perry News-Herald February 7-8, 2014 Living Mama Mia! Steinhatchee turns out for Garden Clubs spaghetti Thirteen was not an unlucky number for the Steinhatchee Garden Club which hosted its 13th annual Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, Jan, 25. It was a huge success, said Sue Guilbeau for the club. The food was delicious, the decorations beautiful, and the desserts made by the ladies of the club were simply fabulous! At right, Susan Jones and Georgia Hart are shown having fun while manning the drink table. Guilbeau added, The money we raised will enable us to send at least three children to our summer camp, Camp Wekiva. Mrs. Christine Anderson is pictured with six gallons of pop tops she contributed to Farm Bureau for the Ronald McDonald House. Both LaValle and Houck thanked the community for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser. Pop tops abound at Farm BureauWhen the womens committee of Taylor County Farm Bureau announced a fundraiser to benet the Ronald McDonald House, members initially hoped to collect a full ve-gallon container of aluminum pop tops before the second week of February. With just days remaining before the Feb. 13 cut-off, that goal has been exceeded by leaps and bounds. We have collected six, ve-gallon buckets of pop tops, said LaDonna LaValle. All across the state, people donate aluminum pop-tabs to the Ronald McDonald House and when they sell the tabs to aluminum buyers, they use this money to pay their electric bill, explained Helen Houck, county president and womens committee chairman. To generate more interest a healthy competition between the 10 counties of Farm Bureaus District II has been in place. Were trying not to brag too much, said LaValle, but were feeling pretty good about how many weve collected. Both LaValle and Houck thanked the community for supporting the fundraiser; the healthy competition ends next week but the collection will continue year-round.


A-5 Perry News-Herald February 7-8, 2014 Operations Center. We continue to seek that and hope to come up with answers soon. He then outlined what authorities do know about what happened inside the dealership. The suspect exited his vehicle armed with a Remington 1100 semiautomatic shotgun, 12-gauge caliber, and began ring, Ladner said. After being taken down, found on his person were additional ammunition, boxes of loose ammunition for that shotgun. In his vehicle, he also had a second fullyloaded 12-gauge shotgun, pump action, and a .22 rie, fully loaded. He also had additional ammunition in the vehicle. While we do not know his motive, we feel condent that his intent was to shoot and hurt as many people as possible and Deputy Lundys actions ended this situation quickly. According to Ladner, Clague had been an employee with the dealership for 15-20 years and had not been red. The suspects family has been cooperating fully, Ladner said. I can tell you they are devastated. They are another one of the victims. They are longtime residents of this community. I know they have extended their heartfelt grief and concern for the victims. They want answers as well and we continue to work with them. According to a timeline released by FDLE, Lundy radioed that shots had been red at 10:28 a.m. and then, 46 seconds later, announced he had been shot. Just seven seconds later, and only 53 seconds after his rst report, ofcers arrived at the scene. didnt look like himself at all. I didnt recognize him, Thrift said. Thrift said she worked side-by-side with Clague and had never had any indication something like this would happen. Id just hand him a work slip and say, Here ya go. He was an okay guy and that was all. Thrift said she has been in contact with her co-workers and Timberland owner Brett Falicon. He called to see how I was doing. And I told him Im okaybut I didnt get any sleep last night at all. The wait for law enforcement was not a long one. It seemed like just seconds before sirens arrived, Chesser said. They stayed locked in the restaurant until Chesser saw the rst ambulance arrived. When I saw the ambulance, I walked out there, because I gured they wouldnt let them in if there was still someone shooting. I left everybody else locked up and went over to talk to the ofcers. I wanted to be sure it was safe for everyone. Chesser continued that two of the womens families arrived to take them home, while the third returned to the dealership. The ofcers sent someone over to talk to us and apologize for closing the highway. They said more ofcers would be arriving and would like to park in my parking lot. I told them I would close the restaurant if they needed me to. They said I didnt need to do that. The last person youd expect to do this. That is the phrase that has been repeated time and again the past two days as friends and former coworkers of Earl Edward Clague Jr. seek to reconcile the man they knew and the man who committed a seemingly senseless act of violence at a business he worked for more than a decade. He was easy going, hard to anger, said a former coworker who knew Clague for more than 14 years. He didnt cause problems. His wife was in and out of the shop over the years. He was a very familyoriented man. When I heard what happened, my reaction was just disbelief. I never dreamed something like this could have happened. Just shock and disbelief. One acquaintance told the Perry News-Herald that he played little league baseball with him and attended school with him through high school. He seemed like such a nice and calm guy. He would be about the last person in the world I would expect to do something like this. Investigators are still trying to nd a motive for Clagues actions Wednesday morning and so far, have few answers. While we do not know his motive, his intent was clearto shoot and hurt as many people as possible, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent In Charge Don Ladner of the Tallahassee Regional Operations Center said Thursday afternoon.The last person youd expect to do this Shooter described as easy going, hard to anger SHELTER Continued from page 1 deadly shooting. Sirens arrived in seconds Representatives from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Thursday afternoon. STUNNED Continued from page 1 Suspect was armed with semi-automatic shotgun MAN WITH A GUN Continued from page 1 He didnt look like himself


A-6 Perry News-Herald February 7-8, 2014 Religion Sould Out Calvary Baptist Church invites the community to a concert by the Sould Out Quartet this Sunday, Feb. 9, at 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 2959 Golf Course Road. TIDBITS: Speak up, carefully... By SARAH HALL Special prayer list: in bereavement, V.O. Slaughter Family (formerly of Perry); Leroy Johnson (Shands/Gainseville); Vera Greene and Earlie Williams, Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH); Archie Nesbitt, surgery; Nancy Crowell; Agnes Davis, the mother of Linda Davis of Lamont; Art Daniel and Mary Francis Gillispie, both at home; Arilla Sterling; Nobie Roberts, Gainesville; and Charlotte Blount, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. God of mercy and loveI know that I am not yet the person that you want me to be, but I thank you for the person that I am. I know you will give me compassion, love and forgiveness when I need it, because I trust in you. Thank you for always being there for me in my times of need. Help me to continue to be available to someone less fortunate than I. Amen. Watch your tongueThe tongue is a re, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among members, that it deleth the whole body, and setteth on re the course of nature; and it is set on re of hell... James 3:6 Speak up... Express yourself, but 1. Make sure you have something positive (good) to say, not something bad. 2. Make sure you are objective (see both sides). 3. Make sure your words will lift someones spiritnot beat them down. 4. Make sure you can repeat what you said, (bad words come back to haunt us). 5. Make sure your attitude is right (not an attitude of being judgmental). 6. Make sure what you say will help someone not hinder. 7. Make sure what you say is true (facts, not unnecessary gossip. 8. Make sure that what you say to others (constructive criticism), you wont mind others saying the same thing to you. 9. Make sure when you speak to expect to be challenged-not appreciated (the human race desires to do as they please). 10. Make sure your words are kind and sweet--easy to digest. You catch more ies with honey than vinegar. Speak up now.... Express yourself.... Somebody needs to hear from you.Pleasant wordsSo that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding. Proverbs 2:2 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and healthy to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 A word tly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11Tallahassee speaker will lead Black History program at Trinity Trinity House of Praise and Pastor B. Hollis will host their rst Black History Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:15 a.m. Elder Henry R. Grifn of Tallahassee will be the special guest and speaker for the occasion. The Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church Choir and ushers of Madison will render songs of praise and assist the congregation in worship. The congregation extends a special invitation to all to gather. For more information, please contact Deacon Barry Graham at 850-545-6437. Its not too late to make plans to participate in the If: Gathering for women this weekend at First Baptist Church. Late registration is $30 and covers events tonight (Friday) 7-10 p.m. and also Saturday (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) with a light lunch included. Please call 672-2322 for additional information. Ifyoure interested


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