A Nanaimo courtroom was packed Monday with friends, family and victims of the Western Forest Products mill shooting.
Two workers of the mill shared what they lived through on April 30th, 2014, trying to hold the shooter down and stop the terrifying incident that killed two men and left two more badly injured.
Intense testimony was delivered on day 5 of the trial of Kevin Addison, charged with two counts of first degree murder and two more counts of attempted murder.
The jury heard from now retired mill manager Andy Vanger who says the shooting began early that morning as he sat in an office with later shooting victims Earl Kelly and Fred McEachern.
He says they were all happily chatting about hockey and boats, so hearing gunfire outside Vanger said, “my initial reaction is this is some sort of stupid joke someone’s doing.” But when he rushed out the door and saw a flash and the shooter, then Fred McEachern bringing a chair down over the shooter’s head he knew it was real.
Andy Vanger said the shooter “just had that stone cold killer look” as the mill manager grappled with him and held him down with a chair.
Mill worker Edward Good who helped Vanger hold down the shooter described being very scared, but acting without regard for it. Holding down the chair, he says he remembers the shooter’s eyes. “Just the look he had, empty, just empty,” testified Good.
The testimony hit victim Michael Lunn’s family especially hard Monday, as it would have been their parents 46th wedding anniversary.
“It would have been their 46th wedding anniversary and we just have to remember what we had,” says Michael Lunn’s daughter, Marcy Lunn. “All the men. You know even the witnesses we feel for all all of them. And for the survivors.”
The trial is expected to last a further three weeks, and continues Tuesday.