A student at a Kansas City suburban high school on Friday shot a school resource administrator and officer, and a student was also injured when an officer opened fire in response, authorities said.
OLATHE, Can. (AP) – A student shot and wounded a school resource administrator and officer at a Kansas City suburban high school on Friday, and a student was also injured when an officer opened fire, authorities said.
An Olathe East High School student was taken into custody by Olathe Police Sergeant. Joel Yeldel said and all three are expected to survive. According to him, other students were not injured. Police have not identified the suspect.
Yeldel said an employee of the school resource reported on the radio immediately after 10:30 a.m. that he and the administrator had been shot and wounded by a student in the office. A resource officer said that, according to Yeldel, he opened fire in response, shooting and injuring the student.
“I was shot,” a resource officer told Broadcastify.com’s radio traffic controllers. The officer then said he had put on a harness and that the suspect’s firearms had been secured, according to The Kansas City Star.
The dispatcher replied, “We’ve got a lot of help along the way.”
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has identified a Twitter resource officer as Eric Clark, who has 15 years of service and seven years as a school resource officer.
Yellell did not provide additional information about the reasons for the shooting.
“The good news is that no students were hurt,” Eldel told a news conference. “We have an SRO that seems to have done its job, so that’s great news and it’s expected that injuries can be survived.”
Yeldel said the student is an adult. The district attorney’s office on Friday declined to comment on possible charges.
A statement from the Overland Park Regional Medical Center said one of the three injured was in critical condition. The other two were discharged. The statement said families were asking for privacy.
Susan Bergett told the Associated Press that she panicked when she heard about the shooting at the school of her 16-year-old daughter Emerson Bergett. Her daughter immediately wrote to her that she was safe.
“The first thought was to panic and imagine that the shooter and the children were shouting in the corridor, but thank God it didn’t happen,” she said, waiting for a meeting with her at the venue. “This is what we are used to seeing. There are so many shootings all the time that it is such a sad reality that we have to live with. ”
She said her husband was worried that their daughter would have a panic attack, but she didn’t think it would happen because “the kids are just waiting for it. They hear about it all the time. “
“It’s scary, but at the same time I want to see my baby. That’s the main thing. “
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene to help with the investigation. There was no information on the type of firearm used, said John Ham, an ATF spokesman in Kansas City. He added that police will report these details when they become available.
Olate public schools said on Twitter that Olate East High School, which enrolls 1,900 people, was closed after the shooting.
“Know that law enforcement agencies are working on the site, and the building is guarded,” – said in the area.
Police asked parents and residents to stay away from the school and forced them to pick up the children elsewhere. The county also said it is offering consultants.
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