Police report 'multiple' gunshot victims, including officer, at Knoxville high school

Tanya Simon
April 13, 2021

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said she visited the officer, who was "in good spirits" and said he'd rather it be him who was shot than someone else.

"What a sad day for the family that lost their loved one and the families of the officers who had to get engaged in this", said Rausch, who spent 25 years on the Knoxville Police Department, including seven as chief of police.

"This is the fourth unnecessary shooting involving the Austin East community this year and we must make sure we take every step and make every effort to prevent these tragedies from continuing to occur", McKenzie's statement said.

Knoxville city police said on Twitter "multiple gunshot victims" had been reported at Austin-East Magnet High School, before adding in a statement read out on local television that one of the injured had died.

"The subject was pronounced dead at the scene and has since been identified as a student". The school will be closed again Wednesday and Thursday.

The United States has been plagued by school shootings since the massacre at Columbine, in the state of Colorado, in April 1999.

Bob Thomas, Superintendent of Knox County Schools, tweeted that the school buildings were now secure. "It's a place where people are learning". The issues with violence are happening in the community, and it's affecting kids when they're outside of the school. I thanked him for putting his life on the line to protect students and staff at the school.

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People gather outside Austin East High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The school, which had opened its classrooms after pandemic lockdowns, switched to remote learning for a few days in February so that students could grieve the deaths of two 15 year olds and one 16 year old, WBIR-TV News reported.

It said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a state-level department, would lead the probe into what happened.

Gov. Bill Lee mentioned the shooting at a Monday news conference but said he had little information.

A reunification site was established at the baseball fields behind the high school, the Knoxville Police Department said in another tweet.

Agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were en route to the scene to assist other law enforcement agencies, the bureau's Nashville office said on Twitter.

The law, which does not apply to long guns, will take effect July 1.

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