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1 dead, police officer hospitalized in shooting at Tennessee high school

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/12/2021 Peter Sblendorio

One person has died and a police officer was injured Monday after cops responded to a report of a gunman at a Tennessee high school, police said.

Gunshots were fired when officers approached a “male subject who was possibly armed” at Austin-East Magnet High School in the city of Knoxville, the Knoxville Police Department said.

“One male was pronounced deceased at the scene, while another was detained for further questioning,” police said.

a group of people standing in a parking lot: The scene at Austin-East Magnet High School in Tennessee. © Knoxville Police Department The scene at Austin-East Magnet High School in Tennessee.

The scene at Austin-East Magnet High School in Tennessee. (Knoxville Police Department /)

The wounded officer’s injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, according to officials. He was hospitalized after being hit by at least one gunshot. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon told WATE-TV that he was conscious and in good spirits.

“There are no other known gunshot victims,” police said.

Police responded to the scene at about 3:15 p.m. EDT. They confirmed shortly before 4 p.m. EDT on social media that officials from multiple agencies were at the high school.

Images from the scene showed authorities and an ambulance outside the school as police urged people to remain away from the area.

“The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families,” Bob Thomas, superintendent of the Knox County Schools district, tweeted later Monday afternoon, calling it a “tragic situation.”

a man holding a sign: Law enforcement officers respond to a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, April 12. © Provided by New York Daily News Law enforcement officers respond to a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, April 12.

Law enforcement officers respond to a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, April 12. (Saul Young /)

Authorities set up a reunification area behind the high school where students could be accounted for.

The identities of the police officer and the deceased male have not been released. An investigation into the shooting is now being led by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The shooting occurred days after a bill was signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee that, beginning July 1, will not require many adults aged at least 21 to get background checks or undergo training in order to carry a handgun. The law will include more severe penalties for some gun-related offenses.

At a press conference that took place after Monday’s shooting, Lee urged people to “pray for that situation and for the families and the victims that might be affected by that in our state.”

a car parked in front of a school bus driving down a busy street: Police work in the area of Austin-East Magnet High School after a reported shooting Monday, April 12. © Provided by New York Daily News Police work in the area of Austin-East Magnet High School after a reported shooting Monday, April 12.

Police work in the area of Austin-East Magnet High School after a reported shooting Monday, April 12. (Brianna Paciorka/)

Three Austin-East Magnet High School students were shot and killed in separate incidents this year between Jan. 27 and Feb. 16, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. None of those incidents occurred inside the school.

At the time, school officials contended the school building was safe.

Then on March 9, a fourth Austin-East Magnet High School was reportedly found injured with a gunshot wound, and died the following day at a hospital.

Those four students ranged in age from 15 to 16.

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