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I am, like most, saddened by the news of the recent shooting at Granite Hills High School. I extend my condolences to those affected by this painful event. Please refer to the artist's statement for the game's intent. For further questions, please contact me here.
In the press I've been getting lately, I have tried to articulate very clearly that Columbine was a "wake up call" not just for our society but for ME in particular as I was once headed down a similar road. I found other outlets such as filmmaking and theater... unfortunately those like Harris, Klebold, and apparently Jason Hoffman, 18, did not.
Granite Hills High School Shooting
By Matthew T. Hall
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
The 18-year-old Granite Hills High School senior accused of opening fire on the school last week was released from a hospital yesterday afternoon and taken to County Jail.
Hoffman was wounded twice in a running gunbattle with on-campus police officer Richard Agundez Jr. after firing a shotgun at the administration building Thursday.
A law enforcement source has said Hoffman told investigators he was targeting the school's dean, Dan Barnes. The administrator escaped injury by ducking into an office after the teen aimed at him.
Two teachers and three students were wounded by the gunfire. Others were hit by flying glass.
Prosecutors originally said Hoffman would remain in the hospital until Tuesday after undergoing jaw surgery. A nursing supervisor at UCSD Medical Center said Hoffman was listed in good condition yesterday before his release.
Hoffman is being held without bail at the County Jail in downtown San Diego on five counts of attempted murder, according to a jail clerk. Those charges may change at the arraignment, she said. It is scheduled for Monday after 1:30 p.m.
Yesterday morning, Hoffman's mother said she has not been able to see her son.
Denise Marquez said she couldn't say much because her lawyer has told her not to talk to the media or even to family members.
"Everybody hates me because I'm his mother," she said. "I know they do."
March 22, 2001:
Jason Hoffman, 18, opened fire at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, wounding eight people before he was arrested. No one was killed.
Oct. 29, 2001:
Jason Hoffman hung himself at San Diego Central Jail.
His parents filed a lawsuit against the county claiming Hoffman was not given the care he needed as a known suicide risk.