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The latest on the high school shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville Police Department said there were multiple gunshot victims, including an officer for the department

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Police work in the area of Austin-East Magnet High School after a reported shooting Monday, April 12, 2021. Authorities say multiple people including a police officer have been shot at the school.

Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via Associated Press

The Knoxville Police Department said Monday there were multiple gunshot victims — including a police officer — at Austin-East Magnet High School, according to The Associated Press.

  • Police said one student died in the shooting, and one police officer was injured, according to the AP.

Here’s what you need to know about the shooting with the latest updates.

Knoxville school cancels classes after shooting

Austin-East Magnet High School has canceled classes for the next two days due to the shooting at the school, CNN reports.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas told reporters Monday that there would be counselors at the school if people need someone to talk to because of the tragedy.

  • Thomas said a decision on when classes will resume will be made later.
  • “We are all devastated by this tragedy,” he said, according to CNN.

Knoxville shooting suspect killed

An Austin-East Magnet High School student — who has been accused of shooting a police officer — has died, WVLT reports.

  • “Upon arrival, officers located the student inside a school restroom. TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) officials said that officers ordered the student out, but he refused to comply,” according to WVLT.
  • “As officers entered the restroom, the student reportedly fired shots, striking an officer. Officials said one officer returned fire,” WVLT reports.

The student was reported dead at the scene.

  • Per WBIR, officials “did not describe the incident as a school shooting, but as an officer-involved shooting that occurred inside the school after police arrived.”

How the Knoxville shooting unfolded

  • Knoxville police tweeted about the incident: “Multiple agencies are on the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School,” Knoxville police tweeted. “Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation remains active at this time. Please avoid the area.” 
  • Knoxville Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie told WVLT: “I’m walking up to the scene now, all I can say is pray.”

Details of Knoxville shooting

School officials said the high school went into full lockdown during the shooting, according to WBIR.

  • Students were asked to meet at nearby high school field behind the school.
  • Parents were told to meet their children at the baseball field.

The school’s superintendent said the school had been secured, according to The Associated Press.

Per The Associated Press: “Details remained sketchy and news outlets showed numerous police and emergency vehicles at the scene.”

This story will be updated.