Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Suspect detained after active shooter incident at IN middle school

Suspect detained after active shooter incident at IN middle school

Two people have been critically injured in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana Friday morning. The adult patient was transported to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to an IU Health spokesman.

The school confirmed that there was a shooting, writing parents, "Shots have been reported at Noblesville West Middle School".

There was no information released on the identities or conditions of the victims, who were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis.

The school has a full time school resource officer who was in the building at the time, Jowitt said.

Erica Higgins was at Noblesville High School to pick up her son after Friday morning's shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, which she learned about at home when a relative called her.

"He took about four to five maybe six shots, one of them hitting a girl that was about ten feet from me". One teacher and one student were initially reported injured.

Police did not provide details of the incident.

The shooting at the 1,350-student school happened a day before everyone was headed for a three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. The department said a suspect had been taken into custody.

The students were evacuated to Noblesville High School.

He said the shooter "was apprehended in the classroom or thereabouts" and that authorities are still working to learn what that process looked like.

A secondary threat was made against Noblesville High School, but officials believed it to be only a "communicated threat" and not something being acted on, Jowitt said. Following his arrest, student Dimitrios Pagourtzis confessed to opening fire in the halls of his school and was charged with captial murder.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, flying back from Europe, said in a statement that he was monitoring the situation. When asked about more details into what authorities called the staff's heroism, Carter said, "When we can tell that story, you'll be proud too".

"He said, 'I'm OK, please come get me.' That was probably 20 minutes after it happened", Morris said.

Jeremy Seaman said he wasn't surprised his brother, a former defensive end for Southern Illinois University, put his own safety at risk on behalf of his students.

In a statement obtained by WTTV, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said the "epidemic of violence sweeping across American schools has now come to Indiana". All she said there was shooting at my kid's school.

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