Police officers are suspected of being shot Monday after a gunman opened fire at a St. Louis high school in the US state of Missouri, killing two people and wounding six others, media reported, citing police officials.
Among the dead were an elderly woman and a teenage girl who lost their lives at school. The incident happened at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, and police shot and killed the shooter inside the school, Commissioner Mike Zack said at a news conference, USA Today reported.
“It’s a heartbreaking day for all of us,” Zach said. “It’s going to be tough. On paper we might have nine victims… we have hundreds of others. All the survivors will take the trauma home.”
Eight people, including the gunman, were taken to the hospital and the suspect died at the hospital, Zack said. After the incident, the officials informed the family members of the victims.
Zack added that the suspect has yet to be positively identified. Injuries sustained by people injured in the incident were shrapnel wounds and gunshot wounds. “As their condition changes, hopefully we’ll get better,” Zack said of the condition of the injured individuals, USA Today reported.
Police officers received a call about an active shooter around 9:10 a.m. local time. After police officers received information, they arrived at the scene of the crime “within two minutes” and “immediately” entered the school.
Later, students at the school told officers “there was a shooter with a long gun,” Zack said. At this point, there was a shootout and the police gunned down the suspect. No officers were injured in the fire exchange, Zack said.
By 10:45 a.m. local time, the scene was secure and there was no active threat, the department said. Zach, however, declined to elaborate on how the gunmen gained access to the school grounds.
Information revealed that the gunman, Zach, was about 20 years old. However, the police are continuing to investigate the matter and are trying to establish the gunman’s connection to the school and the victims. Officers located his vehicle in the area, Zack added.
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