A gunman kills two people at a high school in St. Louis and then dies in a gunfight.
Officials from the school and the police say that a man opened fire at a high school in St. Louis on Monday morning, killing a teenage girl and an adult woman and injuring several other people before being killed by police.
Shortly after 9 a.m., the shooting was reported at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, or CVPA, in the southwestern part of the city. CVPA is a specialty school with about 400 students. Michael Sack, the chief of police in St. Louis, said that when police arrived a few minutes later, students were running out of the building and telling them that the man had a long gun.
Officers followed the sound of gunfire and came face-to-face with the gunman, who was about 20 years old, Sack said. They fired at each other. He also said that police officers “expect” that answer.
Along with seven other people, the shooter was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. By Monday afternoon, the police still didn’t know who he was.
Both the woman who died at the hospital and the teenager who died at the scene were shot. Sack said that the people who were hurt had been hurt by both shrapnel and gunshots.
The police commissioner said, “It’s horrible to think about.” “Kids come here to learn, grow, and develop in a safe place, and something like this happens. It just breaks my heart.”
At Gateway School, parents of students who had to leave were meeting up with their kids. Officers who came to the scene of the shooting and then a SWAT team searched the building. The police also used a bomb dog and walked around the area.
Police found a car that they thought belonged to the shooter. Sack said that he didn’t think there were any other dangers in the area.
As soon as the shooting news came out, the mayor of St. Louis, Tishaura O. Jones, tweeted, “Help us, Jesus.”
Cristina Garmendia’s stepdaughter goes to the school. At 9:16 a.m., the girl sent a text message to the family group chat saying, “There’s a school shooter at my school.”
Garmendia tried to call 9-1-1 because she was afraid that students hiding from the shooter inside the school wouldn’t be able to call for help. She waited for more than 10 minutes, though.
Garmendia said that the girl’s AP U.S. history teacher, a military veteran, was going to teach the class how to make a tourniquet on Monday. They were never able to.
The Washington Post is keeping track, and so far at least 33 schools have been shot up this year.