“The community was deeply shaken by this school shooting and today’s verdict means the defendant will be held accountable for his crimes,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said. “Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan, Pat Espinoza and a dedicated team did an outstanding job presenting the evidence to the jurors during this phase of the trial, including testimony from expert witnesses.”
On March 5, the same jury found O’Rourke guilty of seven counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a firearm. Jurors immediately moved in the sanity phase of the trial, deliberating for seven hours before deeming him to be sane at the time of the shooting.
O’Rourke faces up to 103 years-to-life in state prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 20 in Vista Superior Court.
A gunman Oct. 8, 2010 fired several shots at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad, CA. Two second graders were injured. They were transported to Rady Children’s Hospital. The students’ injuries were not life-threatening.