A survivor of the Nanaimo mill shooting, who was shot and medivaced away as two of his colleagues lay dead and another was badly injured took the stand Tuesday, detailing for the jury how it all unfolded.
Earl Kelly described the terrifying moments leading up to being shot and says shooting victim Fred McEachern acted heroicly even after being shot himself.
The jury deciding accused Kevin Addison’s fate, heard that the quiet morning that began the Nanaimo Mill shooting advanced at a racing pace, from the moment the first shotgun blast hit Michael Lunn as he got out of his truck in the parking lot.
Survivor Earl Kelly detailed for the jury that moments later, the gunman was in the office where a meeting between managers was underway, and he was shooting more people, Kelly included, before a dying Fred McEachern summoned what he had left to end it.
Kelly says after the first two blasts were heard, Fred Mceachern, Andy Vanger and himself who were meeting in the office got up to see what was going on, and the gunman appeared in the hallway. Fred McEachern was shot and went down, and as Kelly took cover behind his desk he was shot in the lower back too.
“It was such a surreal situation” recalled Kelly. “It hadn’t even entered my mind that there was a gunman in the building and I was shot myself.”
That’s when he says Fred McEachern got up after collapsing to the ground, grabbed a chair and brought it down over the gunman’s head. Kelly said he never saw McEachern alive again.
Laid off millworker Kevin Addison was arrested at the scene and is now on trial for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of first degree murder against Micheal Lunn and Fred McEachern. Forensic pathologist Dr. Dan Straathoff testified Tuesday that both died of single gun shot wounds to their backs.
The trial continues Wednesday in Nanaimo court.