One person was shot dead and one officer injured during the Knoxville shooting: a suspect was arrested
- The filming took place on Monday at the Austin-East Magnet School in Tennessee
- The school was closed; A reunification center for parents was set up
- Students who were not involved in an incident were turned over to their parents
- The officer who was shot was allegedly the school’s resource officer in Austin-East. He is being treated at a local hospital for his injuries
- No information about the person who was shot or the alleged shooter was released immediately. It is not clear whether the person who was shot was a student or the shooter
A person was shot dead Monday at a Knoxville High School in Tennessee and a police officer was injured.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. local time at Austin-East Magnet High School.
A male suspect was arrested, officials said Monday evening. A teenage male was killed, reports Knox News; It is not clear if they were students. It is also not clear whether the suspect arrested was the shooter, as police have not released details.
Several agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, came together on the website after the Knoxville Police Department tweeted about the shooting just before 4 p.m.
Police said in a statement: “A KPD official was shot at least once and taken to the UT Medical Center with injuries not expected to be life threatening.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene while another was arrested for further investigation. No other gunshot victims are currently known. ‘
Police said they had been called on a report about a “male subject who may have been armed at school” and added: “Gunshots were fired when the subject was approached.”
A person was shot dead Monday at a Knoxville High School in Tennessee and a police officer was injured. The incident took place at Austin-East Magnet High School
A large number of police officers and first aiders arrived on site after 3 p.m.
Officials have set up a reunification point for parents and students behind the school
Knox County Schools spokeswoman Carly Harrington said the school had been closed as a precaution. The scene has since been marked safe.
A source who spoke to Knox News on condition of anonymity said the situation was no longer “active” as of Monday evening.
The officer who was shot was reportedly the school’s resource officer in Austin-East. He is being treated at a local hospital for his injuries.
No information about the person shot or the alleged shooter was released immediately. It is not clear whether the person who was shot was a student or the shooter.
Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon told ABC that the firing officer was in “good spirits”.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation would conduct an investigation into the shooting, Knoxville police said, as is the standard protocol for any shootout involving an officer.
WVLT reported that paramedics from the local fire department who arrived on site had to be screened by police officers to provide first aid.
Police said a reunion point has been set up on the baseball field behind Austin-East High School near Wilson Avenue and Hembree Street so parents can pick up their children.
“The school building was secured and students who were not involved in the incident were turned over to their families,” said KCS Superintendent Bob Thomas.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said during a press conference that he is closely monitoring the situation and asked the public for prayers.
A magnet school is a school with special courses or curricula that attracts students from different school districts. Austin-East High School includes a performing arts magnet program.
Police attend a shootout at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee
The emergency vehicle, including an ambulance, is pictured Monday afternoon in Knoxville at the location of the school shooting. Initial reports said that several people had been shot
The school was the subject of media reports in February after three students were shot dead within three weeks.
Those earlier shootings didn’t take place at the school, and the administrators at the time said the students thought the art magnet school was a safe place, according to a story in the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Last week, Republican Governor Lee passed laws making Tennessee the newest state so that most adults 21 and older can carry handguns – openly or hidden – without first undergoing background checking and training.
The law, which does not apply to long guns, comes into force on July 1st.