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McLaughlin's photo when he was booked following the shooting.

The Rocori High School shooting was a school shooting that occurred at Rocori High School on September 24, 2003 in Cold Spring, Minnesota, United States. The shooting was perpetrated by 15-year-old John Jason McLaughlin who murdered students Seth Bartell and Aaron Rollins.

On the day of the shooting, McLaughlin brought a loaded .22-caliber handgun to school with the intention of killing Bartell. He confronted Bartell in a basement hallway and fired two shots at him. The first shot wounded Bartell slightly in the chest while the second shot missed and hit Rollins in the neck. McLaughlin pursued Bartell as he fled into the gym and shot him in the forehead. At that point, gym coach Mark Johnson claims that McLaughlin aimed the gun at him. Johnson said he approached McLaughlin, raised his hand and shouted "No," and that McLaughlin then removed the bullets from the weapon and dropped it. Johnson then secured the weapon and escorted the boy to the school office.

Rollins died at the scene of the shooting, while Bartell died sixteen days later. During his trial, it was claimed that McLaughlin had intended only to wound Bartell, whom he thought had been teasing him, by shooting Bartell in the shoulder. Rollins was supposedly not his intended target. McLaughlin was nonetheless found guilty of first and second-degree murder. In August 2005, he was sentenced to life in prison.

Jason McLaughlin is currently incarcerated at the Stillwater Correctional Facility in Minnesota. He will not be eligible for parole until 2038.

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