A police officer was reportedly hit. The police quickly intervened and a security cordon was deployed around the school establishment.
At least one person was killed and another injured Monday April 12 by gunfire at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, police said. “Knoxville Police Department officers dispatched to Austin-East Magnet High School after a suspected armed man was reported in the facility.”, police said on Twittter, after calling on the inhabitants of this city of 180,000 inhabitants in the south of the country to avoid the area. “Shots were fired as they approached the suspect”, she detailed, adding that a police officer had been hit but that his life was probably not in danger. One man died on the spot, while another was taken into custody “For further investigation”, add the authorities. They do not specify whether the deceased is one of the suspects. The city’s mayor, Indya Kincannon, told the local press that she spoke with the affected police officer who “is conscious” and “Stay positive”.
A site for families to reunite has been opened in a baseball stadium adjacent to the high school, authorities said. “The establishment was secured and the students who were not affected by the incident were entrusted to their families”School district official Bob Thomas said in a tweet. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee lamented a situation “Tragic and very difficult”. Four days earlier, the same governor had yet signed a bill authorizing from July 1 any adult over 21 in the state to carry a handgun without a license.
School shootings have been a recurring scourge in the United States since the Columbine, Colorado, April 1999 massacre. “epidemic”President Joe Biden unveiled targeted measures to limit the proliferation of firearms in the United States last week.