KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The Knoxville Police Department confirmed one person is dead following a shooting at Austin-East High School Monday afternoon.
Police said there are multiple gunshot victims including an officer following a shooting at Austin-East Monday afternoon. KPD says the suspect was identified as a student at Austin-East High School student and killed in the shooting.
“We lost someone particularly close to the community,” said Mayor Kincannon.
According to KPD, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to an officer-involved shooting at Austin-East.
Officers responded to the school on the report of a man who was possibly armed inside the school. As officers approached the suspect, shots were fired, according to police.
A KPD officer was shot at least one time and transported to the UT Medical Center with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.
One male was pronounced dead at the scene, while another was detained for further investigation. There are no other known gunshot victims at this time, according to KPD.
The officer who was shot is in stable condition, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently awaiting surgery.
Mayor Indya Kincannon confirmed the officer is conscious and in good spirits. The officer is currently recovering at UT Medical Center.
Mayor Kincannon commended Austin-East School staff for their work to protect students. She also praised the officer who was shot on the scene for risking his life for the safety of the students.
“We all need to work together to stop the violence,” Kincannon said. “It’s a big challenge and we’re going to need the whole city to work together.”
“I’m walking up to the scene now, all I can say is pray,” said Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie.
KPD says a reunification site has been established at the baseball field behind Austin-East High School near Wilson and South Hembree.
“The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families,” said KCS Superintendent Bob Thomas.
“As details continue to emerge, our thoughts are with Austin East Magnet High School and those school community members who have been affected by the shooting that took place this afternoon. The department stands ready to support,” said The Tennessee Dept. of Education in a Tweet.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office communications director tells WVLT there is no active shooter threat at this time.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Nashville (ATF Nashville) tweeted Monday, they are responding to a shooting incident at the school to assist law enforcement partners.
“ATF will be working with the Knoxville PD as well as focusing on the tracing of firearms and the recovery of shell cases which will be entered into NIBIN to see if there are any connections to previous shootings,” said ATF in a statement.
Austin-East Behavior Interventionist, Quana Fields, told WVLT’s Ashley Bohle she and other staff members are still inside the school building while police continue their investigation. Fields said no information has been shared with staff members yet.
The Knoxville Fire Department said they were some of the first on the scene. Fire officials said officers worked as shields for firefighters as they worked to find injured individuals.
The investigation remains active at this time. The TBI will lead the investigation.
Knox Co. Mayor Kincannon and KCS Superintendent Bob Thomas spoke in a media briefing Monday evening after a fatal shooting at Austin-East High School.
p class=”text | article-text”>“Let’s work together to stop the violence in Knoxville,” said Mayor Kincannon. “We lost someone particularly close to the community,” says Mayor Kincannon KCS Bob Thomas says Austin-East will have counselors available at the school on Tuesday, April 13.
This story is developing. WVLT is continuing to update with the latest information.
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