JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- June 18th, 1990, the GMAC office on Baymeadows Way, panic spread citywide.
James Edward Pough walked into the company that repossessed his car and opened fire. He killed nine people before turning the gun on himself. One of his victims was Denise Highfill, Robert Highfill's wife of 13 years.
Getting a little choked up he said, "I think about her quite frequently."
Before the GMAC shooting, Highfill says the only other office shooting anyone had ever talked about was the post office shooting in California.
"She said well if somebody comes into GMAC, I'm getting under the desk." Denise did hide under her desk. Pough found her anyway. "She just never expected the gunman to come around the counter," said Highfill.
He said the Colorado shooting brings back memories of that terrible day. He knows all too well, what the victims' families are feeling. "There are no words that can take away the pain," he said. "It changes your life. Changes everything about you."
Twelve people in Colorado may be dead, but Highfill says but dozens more people are hurting right now. The friends and families of the victims are experiencing one of the worst days of their lives. And he said, "It's something that never goes away."