KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say multiple people including an officer were shot Monday at a high school in the east Tennessee city of Knoxville.
The Knoxville Police Department tweeted that authorities were on the scene of the shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School. The online posting said a Knoxville Police Department officer was reported among the victims.
According to Knoxville police, officers answered a call of a possibly armed male in the school. Officers approached the subject and shots were fired. An officer was hit and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A male was shot and killed. Another male was taken into custody for questioning.
Police have not provided any identifications of anyone involved at this time.
“Knox County Schools is responding to a shooting that occurred this afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School,” Knox County school superintendent Bob Thomas said. “We are gathering information about this tragic situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible. The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families.”
Police urged people to avoid the area. Details remained sketchy and news outlets showed numerous police and emergency vehicles at the scene.
A reunification site has been established by the Knoxville Police Department at the baseball field behind Austin-East High School near Wilson and South Hembree.
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