Moore pleads guilty, guns came from home

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The admission and uncontested fact-finding hearing for David J. Moore, the alleged May 25 Noblesville West Middle School shooter, is ongoing this morning.

New details surrounding the shooting have come out after prosecutors have made their opening statements and Moore’s mother, Sarah Moore, testified.

Prosecutors first made their opening statements, in which they revealed Moore made a video on Thursday, May 24, of himself in the basement of his Noblesville home, outlining his intent to kill others the following morning before killing himself.

Moore is said to have transported the two guns, .22- and .45-caliber handguns, in his backpack to school that morning, putting the bag in his locker. During his second class of the day, Moore is said to have finished a quiz early in teacher Jason Seaman’s science class and then asked to be excused. According to prosecutors, he returned to his locker, grabbed his backpack to retrieve the guns and then returned the class, hiding the two guns in his hooded sweatshirt.

When shooting began, Seaman is said to have used a basketball to hit Moore after shots began. By the time the shooting was over, student Ella Whistler was shot seven times and Seaman three times.

Prosecutor’s said police later found Moore’s backpack in one of the school’s restrooms and found ammunition for both the .22- and .45-caliber handguns and also ammunition for a 9mm handgun inside the bag. The 9mm handgun was not brought to the school but was later found inside Moore’s home.

After prosecutors presented their findings, Moore’s mother, Sarah, took the stand, apologizing to victims of May 25, thanking Seaman directly for saving her son’s life.

The prosecution entered photos into the record of the family’s gun safe, located in the home’s basement, showing the safe as unlocked with the keys in it. According the prosecutors, Moore had found the keys to the safe, which is where he is said the have gained access to the guns.

Moore also is said to have warned three classmates about what might happen the next day at school, urging them to not come to school on May 25 but not saying why.

Charges against Moore include:

  • Attempted Murder, a Level 1 felony
  • Attempted Murder, a Level 1 felony
  • Aggravated Battery, a Level 3 felony
  • Aggravated Battery, a Level 3 felony
  • Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, a Level 5 felony
  • Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, a Level 5 felony
  • Possession of a Firearm on School Property, a Level 6 felony
  • Possession of a Firearm on School Property, a Level 6 felony
  • Dangerous Possession of a Firearm, a Class A misdemeanor
  • Dangerous Possession of a Firearm, a Class A misdemeanor
  • Possession of a Knife on School Property, a Class B misdemeanor

At approximately 11:45 a.m., a break was taken for lunch.

A mix of Noblesville Schools students, their parents, district officials, including Supt. Beth Niedermeyer, Communications Director Marnie Cooke, NWMS Principal Stacey Swan, NWMS nurse Megan Schlueter, teacher Jason Seaman, and more are have been in attendance.

The courtroom has been completely full with many waiting outside in the hallway. Several individuals gave up their seats for Noblesville Schools officials, including one parent whose daughter was in the classroom where the shooting took place. He gave up his seat for NWMS nurse Megan Schlueter, who is credited with saving Ella Whistler’s life and was the first person to give care at the school.

This story will be updated as more information becomes known.

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