A teenage girl and a teacher were critically injured in the latest shooting to unfold at an American school — this one at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana.
A male student was detained shortly after gunfire erupted at the school Friday morning. The bloody attack marks the 23rd school shooting in 2018 during which someone was hurt or killed.
Authorities do not believe there are any more suspects, but confirmed there have been additional threats made at other area schools, including one at Noblesville High School.
Police were continuing to monitor the high school Friday afternoon, but Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt noted there is no evidence to suggest the threat is credible.
The student victim was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in the wake of the shooting and the teacher was being treated at Indiana University Medical Center. A second student was also being treated for a fractured ankle at Riverview Hospital.
Police and medical crews responded around 9 a.m. following reports of an active shooter situation at Noblesville West Middle School, located about 25 miles north of Indianapolis.
Aerial footage shows a shocking and chaotic scene, with students evacuating the building with their hands raised and panicked parents desperately searching for their children.
Lockdowns placed on both the middle and high schools have since been lifted and parents have been cleared to pick up their children.
Vice President Pence offered his support in a tweet complete with a message that’s become commonplace in the wake of school shootings.
“Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana,” he wrote. “To everyone in the Noblesville community, you are (in) our hearts and in our prayers. Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders.”
The shooting in Indiana comes exactly one week after a Texas teenager gunned down nine students and a teacher in a bloody rampage at Santa Fe High School. Following his arrest, student Dimitrios Pagourtzis confessed to opening fire in the halls of his school and was charged with capital murder.
The mass shooting reignited debate over gun safety laws, a conversation previously sparked by the student survivors of the Parkland massacre. A gunman in February unleashed a hail of bullets in the hallways and classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 and injuring more than a dozen.