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Knoxville School Shooting Leaves One Student Dead, One Officer Injured


A Knoxville high school shooting left a student dead and an officer injured on Monday, Tennessee officials said.

Officers responded to reports of a potentially armed individual at Austin-East Magnet High School around 3:15 p.m. ET Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch announced during a news conference.

Officers discovered the individual in the school's restroom, and they ordered him out. He protested, and subsequently, he fired shots; at least one officer returned fire, Rausch said.

Rausch said the gunman, who was later identified as a school student, died at the scene. Authorities said they are not issuing the student's name at this time.

A Knoxville officer was shot at least one time and taken to UT Medical Center, police stated. Originally, authorities said the officer had non-life-threatening injuries. But in the news conference Monday, Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas said the wounded officer is in surgery and listed in serious condition.

"This wasn't a school shooting; this was an officer-involved shooting inside of a school, much different. At this point, the student hadn't done anything with the firearm until the officers engaged," Rausch said. "It's important to make that distinction."

Rausch said, "there were no arrests I'm familiar with at this time," adding that "if anyone was detained, it's more than likely witness information."

Austin-East Magnet High School will be closed for the next two days, according to a tweet from Knox County Schools.

Bob Thomas, Knox's County Schools superintendent, said there would be counselors prepared in the school building tomorrow. He said while no classes will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, a judgment on the rest of the week's lessons will come promptly.

"We are all devastated by this tragedy," Thomas said during a news conference on Monday.

According to the US education department, Austin-East Magnet High School is a Title 1 school. According to the US education department, this federal program provides financial assistance to "schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families," according to the US education department.