Austin-East High School shooting: Moment Knoxville shooting ‘suspect’ with backpack is cuffed after 1 killed & cop shot
VIDEO shows a suspect being detained after one person was killed and a police officer was shot in at attack on a Tennessee high school.
A police statement confirmed that the shooting in Knoxville left one male victim dead, and that a possible suspect had been taken in for questioning.
The officer, who has not yet been named, is expected to survive after the shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School.
Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon confirmed that she spoke to the officer, and that he is expected to be OK, but will need to undergo surgery.
Kidcannon said that the officer was in "good spirits."
A source with knowledge of the situation told Knox News that the situation is no longer "active" and one person has been detained.
Cops and emergency workers rushed to the scene around 3pm and blocked off access to the school.
Bob Thomas, the superintendent of Knox County Schools, confirmed a shooting had occurred but the building had been secured.
"The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families," Thomas said.
He added that authorities were gathering information and about "this tragic situation" and that additional information would be provided later.
Three helicopters are currently on the scene and local reporters said that there was a large police presence, with officers confirming that multiple agencies were at the location.
Some members of staff are still inside the building, according to local media outlets.
Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie spoke to WVLT and said: "I’m walking up to the scene now, all I can say is pray."
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee was in the middle of an address when he heard the news about the shooting, and acknowledged that there was not much information about the shooting available yet.
He asked all those watching to pray for the victims.
Knoxville Police Department confirmed that, "Multiple agencies are on the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School.
"Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation remains active at this time. Please avoid the area."
One reporter said parents at the school are being told by cops to pick up their children from behind the school.
The cops said a reunification site has been set up at the baseball field behind Austin-East High School near Wilson and S. Hembree.
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