Accused of carrying a sawed-off shotgun in a guitar case and opening fire at an Ocala, Florida high school,appeared via video conference on Saturday before Judge Willard Pope. Bouche remained handcuffed at the Marion County Jail while making his first court appearance. The 19-year-old was denied bond. A second court date was set for May.
Reports says that Bouche admitted he felt an “adrenaline rush” before Friday’s shooting. The rush, however, quickly wore off, and he was unable to continue with his larger plan.
The teen now faces charges including terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm on school property.
According to an interview published by NBC2, Bouche said, he has a sickness and wants people to listen to him, “I want to be put away where I can’t hurt anybody.”
Bouche recounted his participation in the shooting at Forest High School in Ocala. The event happenedto protest gun violence and left one person injured.
Bouche said he originally planned “some type of shooting” for Friday, April 13, but he lost his nerve.
“He then began researching different types of mass shootings and chose to target a school because he thought it would gather more media attention,” the sheriff’s office said. “Bouche also expressed to detectives that he felt ignored, and made statements that he could potentially conduct another shooting in the future.”
According to reports, Bouche said he was surprised how easy it was for him to walk into his old high school carrying a shotgun hidden in a guitar case. The confessed gunman then went into the bathroom, where he put on a tactical vest and gloves. Investigators say he shot one round from his sawed-off shotgun through a classroom door, injuring one student.
The student was hit in the ankle; his injury is not life-threatening.
Friday’s shooting happened on the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. It also came soon after a gruesome shooting which killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.