Police said a male student died and an officer was injured after shooting at a school in the US city of Knoxville.
Police in the US city of Knoxville, Tennessee, said a person was killed and a police officer was injured in an incident that occurred at a local high school on Monday afternoon.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) said law enforcement officers responded to a report “about a possibly armed male subject” at Austin High School- East Magnet in Knoxville.
“When approaching the subject, shots were fired,” the ministry said.
The officer was beaten at least once and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
“One man is believed to have died at the scene, while another is detained for further investigation,” the KPD said in his statement, adding that no other victims were known. come.
– Police Knoxville TN (@Knoxville_PD) April 12, 2021
The police department earlier said “many victims of bullet damage” had been reported.
It said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a state-level division, would be leading an investigation into what happened.
Earlier, on Monday, television images showed police and fire brigade surrounding the school east of Knoxville.
“Knox County School is responding to a shooting this afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School. We are gathering information on this tragic situation and will provide more information as soon as possible, ”said Knoxville School Director Bob Thomas on Twitter.
“The school building was secured and students not involved in the incident were released to their families,” Thomas said.
Knox County School is responding to a shooting that occurred this afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School. We are collecting information on this tragic situation and will provide more information as soon as possible.
– Bob Thomas (@KnoxSchoolsSupt) April 12, 2021
The United States has seen a series of shootings in recent weeks.
Ten people were killed when one Gunmen opened fire in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on March 23.
Eight people, including six Asian women, were also killed in March when one Gunmen attack three separate spas in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Last week, US President Joe Biden Reveals a series of executive actions To tackle gun violence – His first major act of gun control since taking office.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international shame,” Biden said at a White House ceremony on Thursday.