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Man opens fire at school board meeting

Police say the suspect, Richard Dean Bright, threw gasoline on his boss and then tried to light him on fire.
Police say the suspect, Richard Dean Bright, threw gasoline on his boss and then tried to light him on fire.

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(CNN) -- Police in West Virginia say a school maintenance worker doused his supervisor with gasoline during a school board meeting Thursday, tried to light him on fire and then randomly fired four rounds from a rifle, injuring one woman.

The suspect, Richard Dean Bright, 58, was taken down by people at the meeting, before police arrived, Sgt. Brent Webster with the Charleston Police Dept. said.

"Had they not subdued him, it's hard to tell what would have happened," Webster said. "It could have been much worse."

Bright has been charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment, and is being held on $250,000 cash bond, Webster said.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. After the suspect threw gasoline on his supervisor, the victim "took off running and [Bright] never got a chance to light him," Webster said.

At that point, the suspect pulled out a rifle and began randomly shooting, hitting one woman in the leg.

"We understand she's going to be OK," Webster said.

The man doused in gasoline did not require any medical attention.

"He went home, took a shower, and then gave a statement [to police]," Webster said.


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