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Episcopal School Shooter Had Political Interests

11:02 AM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shane Schumerth was preoccupied with politics according to a current student and a neighbor who knew the man whom police said shot himself after killing Episcopal's Head of School, Dale Regan.

Schumerth, 28, lived in a quiet neighborhood in a home he shared with roommates behind Memorial Hospital.

Tim Lyter said Schumerth frequently could be seen riding his bike or jogging. 

"He informed me he does that to relieve his stress and that calms him down," said Lyter who lives several doors down from where Schumerth lived.

Lyter said the Spanish teacher discussed local politics and well as the national scene.

"He (Schumerth) thinks the country is turning more and more toward socialism everyday," said Lyter recalling a conversation he had with Schumerth.

Anthwan Battle, a junior at Episcopal, said Schumerth was his Spanish teacher this semester. He said in January the class spent more time discussing the Republican primaries than on Spanish.

Tuesday's murder-suicide on the Episcopal campus shocked Lyter whom he found to be friendly.

"He was kind of shy but I did not think he was the type of guy who would do something like this," said Lyter.

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