Southern California school shooter sentenced to 189 years to life in prison

Posted at 7:00 PM, Apr 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-21 19:00:28-04

A gunman who opened fire on a crowded elementary school near San Diego has been sentenced to 189 years to life in prison.

A judge sentenced 42-year-old Brendan O’Rourke Friday for the October 2010 attack at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad that injured two second-grade girls before three construction workers wrestled the shooter to the ground.

In March, a jury in Vista convicted O’Rourke of premeditated murder and assault with a firearm. The jury found he was sane at the time of the attack.

O’Rourke had a .357 Magnum revolver, extra ammunition, a gas can and matches when he opened fire at the school playground where there were 230 children.

The U-T San Diego newspaper reports that Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz issued the sentence Friday.

The girls who were injured have recovered.

Carlsbad is a coastal community 35 miles north of downtown San Diego.