A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said.
The shooting, which occurred about 20 miles north of Indianapolis and has more than 1,300 pupils, was reported at 9:06 a.m., Jowitt said.
"We have multiple officers and a command post established at Noblesville High School and are diligently ensuring the safety of students and staff there", he said. "We have no reason to believe there is any kind of a threat connected to this incident anywhere else", Jowitt said. "It's just so scary- you want to get there to get your child and you just don't know what to do but you keep heading there because that's the thing to do", she said. Authorities referred to a prompt and heroic response but didn't confirm accounts of the teacher tackling the student or describe the role of the resource officer who was stationed at the school.
Jowitt said the secondary threat received at Noblesvilles High School was a "communicated threat".
Jowitt said the school had been cleared and victims' families were notified.
Chris Navarro, 13, said he was in an auditorium at Noblesville West Middle School when he heard the shots about a minute before the bell rang for the change in classes.
Police responded to an active shooter situation at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana Friday morning.
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The shooting comes a week after a 17-year-old student opened fire at his school in Sante Fe, Texas, killing 10. He says a lockdown was immediately announced over the school's speaker.
"Karen and I are praying for the victims of the bad shooting in Indiana".
Middle school students were seen running from the building to waiting buses. Higgins said her son was shaken up but knew little about what happened.
After the IN attack, students were bused to the Noblesville High School gym, where hundreds of parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them. We all have a responsibility to keep our kids safe from violence, and it's unconscionable that they live in fear that one day their school may be next.
"They let some parents in and then they locked down the school", one mom, who was forced to wait an hour before she could collect her daughter, told local NBC affiliate WTHR. Police said none of those threats had been validated.
The suspect is believed to have acted alone, spokesman Bryant Orem of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office told the AP.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was governor of IN before becoming vice president, offered his thoughts and prayers to Noblesville West Middle School.