Authorities say that Boise, Idaho (Board)-A sixth-grade girl took a gun at a junior high school in Idaho, killed two students and a custodian, wounded them, and was then killed on Thursday. A teacher disarms.
Officials said at a press conference that the three victims were shot in the limbs and are expected to survive. Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said that the girl pulled a pistol from her backpack and opened fire inside and outside Rigby High School in Rigby, a small city about 95 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Yellowstone National Park.
Authorities said a female teacher disarmed the girl and detained her until law enforcement arrived and detained her. Authorities say they are investigating the motive of the attack and the whereabouts of the girl’s guns.
Anderson said: “At present, there are not many details about the “why”
Anderson said the girl was from nearby Idaho Falls. He did not reveal her name.
After the students and faculty members heard the gunshots, the police were dispatched to the school around 9:15 in the morning. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, and the students were evacuated to a nearby high school to be reunited with their parents.
“My classmates and I were in class with our teacher-we were doing homework-and then suddenly there was a loud noise, and then two more noises. 12-year-old Yandel Rodriguez said. “Our teacher went to check. After a while, he found blood. “
Yandel’s mother Adela Rodriguez said they were okay, but when they left the campus, the shooting was “still a little shaken”.
Michael Lemon, director of trauma medicine at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, said that the two students who were shot were kept in hospital and one of them may need surgery.
However, both students are in very good condition and can be released as early as Friday. He said that one of the students was injured in both limbs and may have been shot twice.
Lemon said: “This is absolutely fortunate.” They did not suffer more serious injuries. The doctor said that the adult man was treated for bullet wounds in his limbs and was released.
The head of Jefferson School District Chad Martin (Chad Martin) said that the school will be closed throughout the district to allow students time to spend time with their families.
“This is the worst nightmare the school district may face. Martin said that we were prepared for this, but you were never really prepared.
Police tapes surrounded the school, which had about 1,500 students in grades six to eight, and placed some small evidence marks on the ground next to the blood stains.
Governor Brad Little said in a statement: “I pray for the lives and safety of those involved in today’s tragedy.” “Thanks to our law enforcement agencies and school leaders for their actions regarding the incident. Work hard.”
Lucy Long, a sixth-grade student at Rigby Middle School, said in the Post Register newspaper in Falls, Idaho that he heard gunfire, lights and computers Closed, after the students lined up on the wall, her classroom went into confinement.
Lucy comforted her friends and started recording on her phone, so the police would know what would happen when the shooter came in. Most of the audio contained whispers, including an audible sentence: “This is true,” a student said.
Lucy said that when the police escorted them out of the classroom, she saw blood on the hallway floor.
Jefferson County Attorney Mark Taylor (Mark Taylor) said that unless the investigation is completed, a decision on criminal charges will not be made, but it may include three counts of attempted murder.
The attack appeared to be the second school shooting in Idaho. In 1999, a high school student in Notus fired a bullet gun several times. No one was hit by gunfire, but a student was injured when he bounced off the wreckage from the first shell.
According to Deseret News, in 1989, a student at Rigby Junior High School shot, threatened a teacher and a student, and took a 14-year-old girl hostage. About an hour later, the police safely rescued the hostage from a nearby church and detained the teenager. No one was shot dead in that incident.
Associated Press reporter Keith Ridler from Boise and Emily Wilder from Phoenix contributed. Photographer Natalie Behring contributed by Rigby.
This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Yandel Rodriguez’s name and his pronouns.