One dead, several people shot in Tennessee high school - KPD

A police officer is among the gunshot victims.

Police attend a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Police attend a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Police shot and killed a Knoxville, Tennessee, high school student on Monday after they said he opened fire on them in a campus bathroom, wounding an officer.
"Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Knoxville Police Department received a report of an individual possibly armed with a gun at Austin-East Magnet High School," said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
"Upon arrival, officers located the individual inside a school restroom. As officers entered the restroom, the subject reportedly fired shots, striking an officer. One officer returned fire.
"The subject was pronounced dead at the scene and has since been identified as a student. The officer who was shot was transported to a local hospital for treatment."
The shooting, which unfolded at about 3:15 p.m. local time at Austin-East Magnet School on the east side of Knoxville, was the latest episode of gun violence in the United States since mid-March.
The wounded police officer was struck by a round in the upper leg and was in serious condition following surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville police officials said. He was expected to survive.
"He is conscious and in good spirits," Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon told CBS News. "He's going to be OK. I thanked him for putting his life on the line to protect students and staff at the school. He said he'd rather be hurt than anybody else."
Investigators did not immediately identify the suspect or the slain victim except to say that they were both male. It was not immediately clear if either victim attended Austin-East Magnet School.
"Based on the preliminary investigation, Knoxville Police Department officers responded to Austin-East Magnet High School on the report of a male subject who was possibly armed in the school," the police department said on Facebook.
"Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired. A KPD officer was struck at least one time and transported to the (University of Tennessee) Medical Center with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening. One male was pronounced deceased at the scene, while another was detained for further investigation."
The police department had initially reported "multiple gunshot victims" in the attack.
"Knox County Schools is responding to a shooting that occurred this afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School. We are gathering information about this tragic situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible," Knoxville schools superintendent Bob Thomas said on Twitter.
"The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families," Thomas said.
Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were en route to the scene to assist other law enforcement agencies, the bureau's Nashville office said on Twitter.
Police established a reunification site for families of the students at the baseball field behind the high school.
One mother who had been separated from her daughter was waiting elsewhere near the school and was relieved to receive a text message from her that she was safe.
Last week, a man opened fire at the cabinet-making plant in Texas where he worked, killing one person and wounding six others before he was arrested.
In other shootings since mid-March, eight people were slain at Atlanta-area spas, ten at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, and four people, including a 9-year-old boy, were killed at a real estate office in Orange, California.