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Date: April 12, 2009 07:34PM
Central Florida mom who gunned down son called herself 'anti-Christ'
The Associated Press
3:49 AM EDT, April 9, 2009
CASSELBERRY - A Central Florida woman who fatally shot her 20-year-old son and
then killed herself at a shooting range left recorded messages that said she was
the anti-Christ and that she needed to save her son.
In rambling, teary audio recordings left for her boyfriend and authorities, as
well as shorter suicide notes, Marie Moore, 44, apologized several times and
said repeatedly: "I had to send my son to heaven and myself to
Authorities said Wednesday they still had no motive for the murder-suicide that
shocked fellow customers and employees at the Shoot Straight range in
Casselberry, about 10 miles north of Orlando, on Sunday.
"We have no clue. I don't even want to begin to speculate," said
Deputy Chief Bill McNeil of the Casselberry Police Department.
The gun used was rented at the range.
According to a police report, earlier footage from the surveillance video shows
the mother and son taking turns shooting and talking with other customers in the
adjacent lane. "They seem to be getting along fine," one of the
responding officers said.
The son died at the scene. Marie Moore was still alive when officers arrived at
the range but later died at a hospital.
Mitchell's father, Charles Moore, told police that Marie Moore had a history of
mental illness, had previously attempted suicide and been involuntarily
committed to a mental hospital in 2002 under the Florida law known as the Baker
Marie Moore refers to the incident in records she left for police and Shoot
Straight, saying she spent a year in and out of a "mental home" but
insisted: "I'm not sick." Family members found the audio tapes and
three suicide notes late Monday and gave them to police.
"I'm sorry to do this in your place of business, but I had to save my
son," one message said. "God made me a queen and I failed. I'm a
fallen angel. He turned me into the anti-Christ."
Moore said she could have killed only herself but felt she had to
"save" her son and do it in a public way so the world could also be
saved. "Hopefully when I die, there will 1,000 years of peace."
She apologized to her boyfriend for hiding her plans from him, but added:
"You would've Baker Acted me ... and I wouldn't have been able to try to
Larry Anderson, a manager at Shoot Straight, said it's unclear whether the
Moores had been to the range before, but they weren't regular customers. The
range requires that customers fill out a form with a series of questions,
including whether they have ever been convicted of a felony or been declared
mentally unstable, but Anderson said they have no way to verify the
Anderson defended the range's policies, saying: "If someone acts right, we
have to assume they are right."
Based on the writings and audio recordings that he's seen in the media, Anderson
said, it's clear that Marie Moore was "bent on doing it."
"Sometimes, like what happens Sunday, you have no control," Anderson
said. "There's nothing you can do to prevent it."
Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Kristen Perezluha said
criminal histories are available online for a $24 fee, but that ranges are not
required to run background checks on customers. Mental health histories are not
publicly available because of patient privacy laws, Perezluha said.
Working numbers for Moore's family members could not be found. According to the
police report, Moore's son lived in an apartment with his girlfriend and was due
to have dinner with his father the day he died.