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Highrise Sniper

A Scene of Pointless Violence by Domenic Migliore
(Originally written at Bridgeview Academy Therapeutic Day School in 2005)

FADE IN:


INT. HIGHRISE -- DINKY ELEVATOR - DAY
The building’s CUSTODIAN hops on, clutching a large cello case against his chest. He taps the button for the top floor. The doors RUMBLE closed.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY
The elevator doors pop open. The janitor trots out and over to a wide-window. He sets the cello case on the floor and pops it open...

CLOSE-UP: BARRETT MODEL M82A1 .50 CALIBER SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLE
The janitor turns to the window, already left slightly ajar, and slides it open. He pulls the large rifle out of the cello case and tightly mounts the weapon against his shoulder.

He clicks his heals together in military fashion and takes aim.


SNIPER SCOPE P.O.V. -- EXT. CAFE - DAY

A crowd of yuppies type away on their laptops and smartphones. A man in a tweed jacket raises a cup of mocha frappuccino to his lips...

TWHACK! -- His throat explodes. Blood splatters all over the hipsters behind him.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY
The janitor switches up his aim...

SNIPER SCOPE P.O.V. -- EXT. STREET CORNER - DAY

A bum sits on a piece of cardboard, shaking a change cup. A rich snob walks up to him and pulls out a fold of hundred dollar bills. He counts them, waves them in front of the bum, then puts them back in his coat. He laughs...

THWACK! -- The snob’s neck rips open. An aerial spray of crimson blood soaks the hood of a half-million dollar Mercedes that just so happens to be turning the corner.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY
The janitor shifts his aim...

SNIPER SCOPE P.O.V. -- EXT. BANK - DAY

An elderly woman exits, stuffing money into her purse. A thug blind-sides her and snatches up the purse. He charges away...
 

TWHACK! -- His face explodes. His body hits the pavement before his feet can stop running. The old woman grabs her purse off his corpse and continues on her merry way.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY

The janitor pauses to reload. He sets the empty cartridge on the edge of the windowsill and bends over to fetch a fresh one from the cello case. The butt of his rifle knocks the cartridge over the edge...

 

EXT. STREET BELOW HIGHRISE - DAY

A police officer leans against his car, none-the-wiser... Directly above, the empty gun cartridge picks up speed as it falls -- EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
 

KER-THUNK! -- The cartridge puncture a hole in the roof of the police cruiser. The officer dives to the ground. He crawls around to the car’s passenger side. He climbs in and grabs the radio.

 

EXT. PARKING LOT ROOFTOP - DAY

A group of officers stare across the city at the highrise. One with binoculars pinpoints the target.

 

INT. HIGHRISE -- LOBBY - DAY

Two officers race in, pistols drawn.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY

The janitor loads the new cartridge and sets his sights back on the streets.

 

EXT. PARKING LOT ROOFTOP - DAY

A S.W.A.T. team sniper mounts his own .50 caliber rifle.



EXT. STREET BELOW HIGHRISE - DAY

Police have the area locked off. Tactical officers march out of a parked S.W.A.T. truck.

 

INT. DINKY ELEVATOR - DAY

The two officers hop on. They tap the button for the top floor.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY

The janitor FIRES a shot off at another random pedestrian. He switches up his aim.

 

INT. DINKY ELEVATOR - DAY

The two officers click their thumbs against their drawn pistols in anticipation.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY

The doors open and the two officers storm in. The janitor spins around and BLASTS one of them in the chest with a small revolver.

That officer goes down. But the other continues his charge. He throws down his own pistol, knocks the revolver out of the janitor's hand, grabs the rifle, and bashes the janitor in the face.

 

EXT. PARKING LOT ROOFTOP - DAY
The S.W.A.T. sniper takes aim.


P.O.V. THROUGH THE S.W.A.T. SNIPER'S SCOPE:

The back of the janitor’s head is in his sights. But the head gets bashed out of the way and the rifle FIRES right into the crazed officer's face...

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY

The crazed officer's face explodes. The janitor throws his lifeless corpse to the floor.

Meanwhile, by the elevator, the chest-shot officer slumps himself up. He raises his pistol and unloads into the janitor.

 

EXT. PARKING LOT ROOFTOP - DAY

The S.W.A.T. sniper realigns his sights.


P.O.V. THROUGH THE S.W.A.T. SNIPER'S SCOPE:

BLAM! -- He fires into the back of the janitor's head.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY

The chest-shot officer charges, full-speed, into the janitor just in time for both of their heads to explode in the S.W.A.T. sniper's bullet-path.

 

EXT. STREET BELOW HIGHRISE - DAY

A fat cop leans against the S.W.A.T. truck, none-the-wiser... Directly above, the decapitated bodies of both the janitor and police officer pick up speed as they fall -- EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!


KER-SPLAT! -- The corpses become mush as they make contact with the solid steel truck roof.


Blood and sinew rain upon the fat cop.

 

INT. TOP FLOOR -- STORAGE ROOM - DAY

The S.W.A.T. team bursts in with their submachine guns ready.
 

FADE OUT.