One dead and officer injured in Knoxville high school shooting

James Marshall
April 13, 2021

Police said a reunification site has been established at the baseball field behind the high school. According to Knoxville News Sentinel, the deceased is a teenager.

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.

Multiple gunshot victims were reported at Austin-East High School, according to police.

The injured male police officer is conscious and his injuries are not life-threatening. Per standard protocol for officer-involved shootings, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will lead the investigation.

"Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired", a news release from the police agency said.

The Knoxville Police Department posted on Facebook that officers responded to reports of a male subject who was possibly armed at the school around around 3:15 p.m.

The officer who was shot is in "good spirits" and said he'd "rather this happen to him than someone else", Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon told ABC affiliate WATE in Knoxville after visiting his bedside at the hospital.

"Knox County Schools is responding to a shooting that occurred this afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School".

"The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families", Thomas tweeted.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said he wanted to "acknowledge a very hard and tragic situation we have happening across at Knoxville Austin-East Magnet High School".

Last week, the Republican governor signed legislation that will make Tennessee the latest state to allow most adults 21 and older to carry handguns - openly or concealed - without first clearing a background check and training. The new measure also increases certain penalties.

The United States has seen a string of shootings in recent weeks.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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