A gunman yelling, “You’re all going to die!”According to reports, opened fire on a high school in St. Louis, Missouri, killing a student and a teacher and injuring seven others before being shot and killed by police.
Officials said at a news conference on Monday afternoon that the male suspect, later identified by police as 19-year-old Orlando Harris, entered the Central Visual & Performing Arts High at approximately 9 a.m. with a long gun and began his bloody massacre.
He first shot the teacher. She tumbled to the ground.Another boy was wounded and bleeding from a gunshot to the hand.Keyshawn Brooks, a student, told Media that two other girls were shot. We jumped out through the window when he left the room.
According to police, the adult victim, identified as 61-year-old physical education teacher Jean Kuczka, died at the hospital. Student Alexis Bell, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to authorities, seven additional individuals, all of whom were teenagers, were receiving treatment for gunshot and shrapnel wounds at a nearby hospital. Authorities reportedly told Kuczka’s daughter that when the shooter entered her classroom, she stood in front of him to protect her students.
Abigail Kuczka, her daughter and a teacher at the school since 2008, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “My mom loved kids.”She adored her pupils.Because many of them didn’t have a good home life, I know that her students thought she was their mom.
David Williams, a math teacher, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the principal said the code word that means a shooter is in the building over the loudspeaker. Williams saw one of his classroom’s windows shot out and heard gunfire outside.He claimed to have heard a man say, “You are all going to f–king die,” as reported by CNN.
According to KSDK-TV, Brooks claimed that he witnessed the assailant shoot his teacher and three classmates after he entered the classroom.
According to Brooks, who spoke with the news station, “They had shot down our classroom door, and a man opened the door and he was like, ‘Y’all are going to die today.'”The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was told by another student that the gunman and her saw eye to eye when he entered the room she was in.
Taniya Gholston, 16, stated, “All I heard was two shots and he came in there with a gun.”I also tried to run, but I couldn’t.
“I made it out because his gun got jammed, but me and him made eye contact.However, we observed blood on the floor.
The Post-Dispatch reported that she also claimed to have overheard him say something about being “tired of this damn school.”According to St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams, the school had seven security guards at the time of the incident, with each guard stationed at a door.
According to St. Louis Police Commissioner Mike Sack, who acknowledged that the gunman’s struggle with the locked doors “bought us time,” the suspect was able to get through the school’s locked doors, entered the building with a long gun around 9:10 a.m., and began shooting in a third-story classroom. However, he was unable to specify how the assailant entered the door.
He claimed that security personnel were able to promptly notify the police, who arrived within minutes.The suspect was shot at as the officers entered the school “without hesitation.”
Sack stated that there was a report of an active shooter at the high school at 9:11 a.m., and that officers arrived at the school at 9:15 a.m. Sack stated that police began engaging with Harris at 9:23 a.m., and that he was reported dead by 9:25 a.m.