RICHMOND, Ind. (WISH/AP) — A teenage suspect and police officers exchanged gunfire outside an eastern Indiana middle school Thursday morning before the boy ran inside and killed himself, authorities said.
State police said someone warned police that someone could be on the way to the school to “commit a violent act.” Officers responded quickly and confronted the suspect outside of the school.
Branum said officers and the teen fired shots near a school door before the boy went inside. It wasn’t immediately known whether the teen was wounded by officers during the confrontation. Officials didn’t immediately confirm whether the suspect was a student at the school or his age.
Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling said no one else at the school was injured.
“Local police had received information and they reacted on that very swiftly, and I think because of their swift reaction and also the swift reaction at the school that no student injuries happened,” Bowling said.
Students from the school were being bused to Richmond High School for parents to pick them up.
All other schools in Richmond will resume classes and follow regular dismissal times. Afternoon preschool classes are canceled.
Gov. Eric Holcomb issued this statement on the shooting:
“Earlier this morning, I directed the Indiana State Police to work with all local responders at the shooting at Dennis Intermediate School. We will continue to work with the school and Superintendent Jennifer McCormick to do everything possible to assist the community and support all those impacted by this terrible unfolding situation.”
Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued this statement:
“Today a shooting at an Indiana school occurred. State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick is in contact with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana State Police, and Governor Holcomb and is actively monitoring the situation. We have full confidence in Richmond Community Schools’ Superintendent Todd Terrill and his team, law enforcement, and first responders. The Department stands ready to provide guidance and support, and we will provide further statements as information unfolds.”