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Under the Gun

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Under the Gun

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A TOUGH PHOTO SHOOT

PAT ARNOLD, SISKIYOU (CALIF.) DAILY NEWS, OCT. 21

Call it beginner's luck. Pat Arnold of the Siskiyou Daily News in the rural Northern California city of Yreka had only been on the job 14 months and admittedly is a better writer than photographer.

But Arnold, a legal secretary before she joined the small daily, nevertheless captured a dramatic, up-close picture of a 68-year-old accused child-molester firing a gun Oct. 20 at the Siskiyou County Courthouse. Edward Lansdale, free on his own recognizance, shot and wounded his accuser and her husband before killing himself nearby a few seconds later.

Arnold, 58, captured the picture with the 5,145- circulation paper's point-and-shoot digital camera. Because she was focusing on Lansdale's face, she didn't know that he was armed until after she clicked. "Really, not until I saw [Lansdale] dead at the end of the stairs did I realize what was going on," Arnold told E&P. She didn't recognize the harrowing drama in the picture until she returned to the newspaper office and her editor downloaded the image. …

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