The series of shootings in America does not seem to stop. At least two people were killed and six injured Monday in a shooting by a shooter at St. Louis High School, Missouri, according to St. Louis Police Commissioner Mike Sack. Officers fatally shot the suspect.
Commissioner Mike Sack said during a news conference that when police arrived at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School at 9:10 a.m. local time after receiving information that an active shooter had opened fire, students were running outside, they called officers. Were told that a shooter is inside with a “long gun”. Sack said officers soon started a gunfight with the suspect as soon as he entered the school building, in which he was seriously injured. He said officers shot him on the third floor of the building. The suspect appeared to be a young man of about 20 years old. He said that no officer was injured in the encounter.
Sack said the officers did a great job. He said that the building was thoroughly searched by the officials, SWAT team and dog squad. The department said that as of 10:45 a.m. local time, the site was safe and there was no active threat.
Sack said an adult woman and a teenage woman were killed in the shootout, while other victims sustained gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries. He said eight people, including the gunman, were taken to the hospital. The adult woman died in the hospital, while the teenager died on the spot. He said the suspected gunman also died in the hospital.
Sack said officials are in the process of notifying the families of the victims. He said the suspect is yet to be identified. He said those who were injured suffered injuries ranging from shrapnel to gunshot wounds. He said that the injured are being treated. As their situation changes, we hope for the better.
He said that today is a heartbreaking day for all of us, it is going to prove difficult for us, even though in writing we have shown nine victims…but we have hundreds of others. Those who have survived the shootout are in shock at home. Sack said the school’s doors were closed, with about 380 students present before the shooting. Security personnel told how the suspect entered the building, but declined to provide further details on how the gunman got inside.
Let us tell you that this incident of shooting is one of dozens of incidents in American schools that caused death or injury. The deadliest incident so far this year occurred in May, in which a gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas.