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Jacksonville, Fla., school closed through spring break after fatal shooting of headmistress
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) ' A northeast Florida school will remain closed through next week's spring break after its headmistress was gunned down in her office by a former teacher.
Authorities say 28-year-old Spanish teacher Shane Schumerth was fired Tuesday before returning to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville in the afternoon and killing 63-year-old Dale Regan. He then committed suicide.
Details about Schumerth's firing were not immediately available.
The gunman's father, Steve Schumerth of Culver, Ind., told the Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/wPeYMe ) his family is in shock. He says the family sends prayers to the Episcopal School family.
Regan had worked at the school for more than 30 years. Schumerth was a 2007 graduate of Purdue University.
School officials say counseling and pastoral care will be provided to students, staff and others.
Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com