No sanctuary for Santana
‘ Santana’ means ‘ saintlike’ or ‘ holy’, but on 5 March 2001 the scene at Santana High School more closely resembled Hell
1 The rampage began at 9.20am in the boys’ toilets. Bryan Zuckor, 14, was killed with a shot to the head and Trevor Edwards, 17, was shot in the neck. Williams then emerged from the restroom, smiling as he fired indiscriminately.
2 Randy Gordon, 17, was near the quad when he was hit in the back by a bullet, which then pierced his lung. He dragged himself around the corner of 300 Building to escape but was later pronounced dead in hospital.
3 Williams prowled the corridors and the quad, grinning sadistically as he shot at students and staff. Some of his victims were people he liked, but he didn’t care. In total, two people were killed and 13 others were wounded.
After discharging 40 rounds in a rampage lasting six minutes, Williams returned to the blood- soaked restroom where it all began. When police arrived, he was kneeling and holding the gun by the butt. He surrendered, saying, “It’s only me”.