A sixth-grade girl shot two students and a janitor at an Idaho high school on Thursday before being disarmed by a teacher, authorities said.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said the girl had fired multiple rounds in and out of Rigby High School in the small town of Rigby, about 95 miles southwest of Yellowstone National Park.
The girl lived in nearby Idaho Falls, Anderson said. Authorities did not release his name and it is unclear what motivated the attack.
All three victims were shot in the limbs and were expected to survive.
Dr. Michael Lemon, trauma medical director for the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, said the injured adult had been treated and released for a gunshot wound to the limb. The bullet went through the limb cleanly, he said.
The two students who were shot were being held at the hospital overnight and one of them may need surgery, Lemon added. Both students were in good condition. One of the students had injuries to two limbs and could have been shot twice, he said.
Police were called to the school around 9.15am after students and staff heard gunshots. Various law enforcement agencies responded and the students were evacuated to a nearby high school to be reunited with their parents.
“Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could ever encounter,” Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin said later that day.
Martin said schools would be closed across the district to give students time to spend with their families, but that counselors would be available beginning Friday morning.
Rigby High School has about 1,500 students in grades six through eight, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
“I am praying for the life and safety of those involved in today’s tragic events,” Idaho Governor Brad Little said in a statement. “Thank you to our law enforcement agencies and school leaders for their efforts to respond to the incident.”
Police tape surrounded the high school and small evidence markers were placed next to bloodstains on the ground. The researchers interviewed teachers and staff individually.
“My partner and I were in class with our teacher, we were working, and suddenly, there was a loud noise and then there were two more loud noises. Then there were screams, ”said 12-year-old Yandel Rodríguez. “Our teacher went to check it and found blood.”
The attack appears to be the second shooting at an Idaho school. In 1999, a high school student in Notus fired several shots with a shotgun. No one was hit by the shots, but a student was injured when debris from the first shell ricocheted.
In 1989, a Rigby High School student drew a gun, threatened a teacher and students, and took a 14-year-old girl hostage, according to a Deseret News report. Police safely rescued the hostage from a nearby church about an hour later and detained the teenager. No one was shot in that incident.
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