By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) -Police in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Monday said it was responding to reports of a shooting at a high school in the east of the city with at least some victims, including one police officer.
Knoxville police said on Twitter: “Many shooting victims are reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation is still underway at this time.”
Authorities did not say whether the gunman was arrested after the mid-afternoon shooting but Knoxville News Sentinel reported that a person was detained.
Local 10 News said that Knoxville police injured in the shooting were expected to survive.
“Knox County School is responding to a shooting that occurred this afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High. We are gathering information on this tragic situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible. good, “said Knoxville school director Bob Thomas on Twitter.
“The school building has been secured and students not involved in the incident have been released to their families,” Thomas said.
Agents from the US Bureau of Alcoholic Tobacco and Guns are on their way to the scene to assist other law enforcement agencies, the Bureau’s Nashville office said on Twitter.
10 News reported that the school was in “locked-out” status and that parents were asked to leave behind the campus to pick up their children at a location on a nearby baseball field.
A series of mass shootings have occurred across the United States since mid-March.
Last week, a man opened fire at the locker plant in Texas where he worked, killing one and injuring six others before he was arrested.
Eight people were killed at spas in the Atlanta area, 10 at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado and four people, including a 9-year-old boy at a real estate office in Orange, California.
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