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Oshkosh West High School locked down after student, resource officer injured in officer-involved shooting

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OSHKOSH – A student confronted a school resource officer with a weapon Tuesday morning at Oshkosh West High School and both were injured in a shooting, police said.

The school was placed on lockdown during the incident and later evacuated.

Officials said the student and resource officer were taken to local hospitals but did not say how badly they were injured. Police did not identify the type of weapon the student had at the time. They characterized the incident as an "officer involved shooting."

According to emergency radio traffic, a dispatcher reported gunshots at Oshkosh West around 9:20 a.m. One trauma patient was being transported to a trauma center in Neenah. 

Senior Dakota Meisel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a Facebook message the lockdown was announced around 9:10 a.m., at the beginning of the school's second period.

"I heard people yelling and running, and I heard a bang but not sure what the bang was," he said. 

Meisel said a teacher came into the classroom looking nervous and told the students to get away from the windows and get into lockdown mode just before the lockdown was announced. Meisel said the students were scared.

"We all got into the part of the room, closed all the doors, turned off the lights, and sat in the back of the class room quiet and we contacted parents and siblings, and waited until told what to do," he said. 

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Josh, an Oshkosh West senior, told the Journal Sentinel he heard the gunshots. 

"I was walking in the hall, and a teacher shoved me into a classroom, and we started barricading the doors, and we all huddled in the corner, and there were gunshots," he said. 

The state Division of Criminal Investigation is taking over the investigation, officials said.

Officials said the school is locked down and parents can reunite with their kids at Perry Tipler Middle School. 

Oshkosh West, a school of about 1,690 students in ninth to 12th grades, is on Eagle Street near the intersection of Interstate 41 and State 21.

West students and staff have been affected by other threats in recent years. In January 2017, two teens were sentenced to several months in jail for making threats against Oshkosh North and West high schools two nights in a row, causing administrators to shut down the buildings.

Each of the district's two high school also was the target of a bomb threat in September 2017, one of which forced officials to cancel classes.

Tuesday's shooting comes a day after a Waukesha Police officer shot a 17-year-old student at Waukesha South High School after police say the student pulled a gun in a classroom and refused to put it down.

a train covered in snow: Buses evacuate students at Oshkosh West High School after an officer-involved shooting. © Sarah Razner/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Buses evacuate students at Oshkosh West High School after an officer-involved shooting. Waukesha police have not identified that student or commented on the extent of his injuries or whether his weapon was loaded.

On Tuesday, Waukesha School District superintendent credited its training and the quick work of the officer, students and staff, in minimizing injuries there.

This story will be updated as more information is released.

Annysa Johnson contributed to this report. 

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