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Florida school shooting suspect says mental illness drove him to act

The 19-year-old man accused of Friday's school shooting in Florida says sickness drove him to take a gun to his old school and open fire. The shooting happened inside Forest High School in Ocala, where a 17-year-old boy was shot in the foot and treated for non-life threatening injuries. WESH-TV's Matt Lupoli sat down with the accused gunman behind bars, who talked about why he pulled the trigger.

OCALA, Fla. (WESH) - A 19-year-old man accused of Friday's school shooting in Florida says sickness drove him to take a gun to his old school and open fire.

The shooting happened inside Forest High School in Ocala, where a 17-year-old boy was shot in the foot and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

When asked during a jailhouse interview with WESH-TV why he did it, suspected shooter Sky Bouche said, "To let people know there's something wrong with me."

Bouche says sickness drove him to plan a shooting at his alma mater.

"I got a sawed off shotgun, I put it in a guitar case, I also had a tactical vest filled with shotgun slugs and rounds," he added.

Now handcuffed and shackled inside a jail, he claims he's been treated for mental health issues before, but wanted more serious attention paid to his problems now.

He said taking lives wasn't part of his plan.

"No, just to really, really scare them. I want to be put away where I can't hurt anybody," he said.

He did bring fear to Forest High and the rest of the community. And the single shot he fired into a door left a 17-year-old boy with a wounded foot.

Bouche says he got the gun he used Friday just after the school shooting in Parkland - before Florida state lawmakers raised the legal age to buy shotguns to 21. He says he bought it privately without a background check from someone he met online.

When asked if he felt sorry or remorseful, Bouche said, "Yeah. That's why I put down the gun. I could've kept going."

The local sheriff praised the quick response by the school resource officer who heard the gunshot and rushed in. He confirmed Bouche was arrested without resistance.

The shooting comes just over two months after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.