Police automobiles sit in entrance of South Training Middle Academy in Richfield, Minn., on Tuesday. AFP/VNA Picture
WASHINGTON – Two campus law enforcement officials had been shot and killed at a school within the US state of Virginia Tuesday, whereas one pupil was killed and one other wounded in a capturing at a college in Minnesota the identical day.
Two brokers, a campus regulation enforcement officer and a campus security officer, had been shot earlier than the suspect fled the scene on the school in Virginia, Virginia State Police stated in an announcement on Twitter.
A number of regulation enforcement companies arrived on the campus of Bridgewater Faculty round 1:20pm (1820 GMT) in response to energetic shooter experiences, based on the identical assertion, which the college additionally posted to its web site.
The suspect, a 27-year-old man named Alexander Wyatt Campbell, was later apprehended, Virginia State Police stated, including that he had a “non-life-threatening gunshot wound.”
It was not but clear if he had been shot by police or if the wound was self-inflicted. He has already been charged with homicide, police stated.
The city of Bridgewater, about two and a half hours south of the US capital of Washington and the place Bridgewater Faculty is positioned, despatched out an alert round 1:30pm warning of an energetic shooter scenario, native media reported.
The varsity issued an all-clear discover on its web site round 4:30 pm.
A number of college students informed the Washington Submit they heard pictures close to a classroom constructing on campus, the paper reported, and needed to shelter in place for greater than three hours.
One pupil, 21-year-old, Kasey Truslow, informed the Submit she heard a gunshot outdoors the window of the constructing.
“After the second shot, we obtained on the ground. We remained on the ground for an hour,” she stated.
“My instructor barricaded the door with an enormous desk with pc screens on it. We stayed there. There was a secondary door that the scholars blocked.”
The varsity had continued to tweet updates all through the incident, telling college students, “Use these alerts as the one dependable supply of data.”
Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin tweeted, “I’ve been briefed on the scenario at Bridgewater Faculty. The shooter is in custody and state and native police are on the scene.”
The officers had been recognized by the college as John Painter and J.J. Jefferson.
The pair “had been shot and killed on campus whereas defending us,” an announcement from school president David Bushman on its web site stated.
“These officers had been shut buddies, identified to many people because the ‘dynamic duo.’ John was J.J.’s greatest man in his marriage ceremony this 12 months. They had been beloved by college students, school and employees. I harm for his or her households and family members, as I do know all of us do,” the assertion continued.
Bridgewater Mayor Ted Flory posted an announcement on the small city’s web site.
“Bridgewater is shocked by immediately’s mindless violence at Bridgewater Faculty,” Flory stated. “We’re heartbroken by the pointless accidents and lack of life.”
The mayor praised the officers for his or her efforts in responding to the shooter experiences.
“On this goodness, we discover the energy to go ahead and to supply our like to victims’ households and to the whole Bridgewater Faculty Neighborhood,” he stated.
The capturing in Minnesota occurred within the city of Richfield simply outdoors of Minneapolis round midday, officers stated, leaving one pupil lifeless and one other wounded.
The attackers opened fireplace on the scholars on a sidewalk outdoors the South Training Middle earlier than dashing away in a automobile, Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne informed the StarTribune newspaper.
Two suspects had been later arrested, the paper stated, noting that buddies of the sufferer had recognized the slain pupil as Jamari Rice, who some native journalists stated was the son of Black Lives Matter activist Cortez Rice.
Cortez Rice was arrested final 12 months and charged with trying to intimidate a choose dealing with the trial of ex-police officer Kim Potter officer who killed a Black man in April when she stated she blended up her taser together with her pistol throughout a site visitors cease. AFP