Police attend a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. April 12, 2021.
Police attend a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. April 12, 2021. Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel/USA Today Network via REUTERS

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Note: This story has been updated to state that the student killed was the gunman.

Multiple people were injured and one person was killed Monday afternoon in a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, authorities said. Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas tweeted that the school has been secured.

The student that opened fire has been confirmed as deceased. According to police, the student was found in the bathroom, told to exit and then reportedly opened fire. Police returned the gunfire, striking and killing the student. It is unclear at this time why the student brought a gun to school or fired on officers.

Police urged the public to avoid the area. A reunification site was set up on a baseball field behind the school for students to be reunited with family. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it was sending agents to the scene.

A separate man has been detained. Thomas said that authorities are gathering information about the tragic situation and would provide more information as soon as possible.

“I want to acknowledge a very difficult and tragic situation we have happening across the state right now in Knoxville, Austin-East Magnet High School — there’s apparently a school shooting there,” Gov. Bill Lee said during a press conference. He held a moment of silence for prayer for the families and victims affected by the shooting.

An officer was shot one time and was transported to the UT Medical Center with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kimberly Glenn said that someone from the department is heading to the hospital to check on the injured police officer. He is currently awaiting surgery.

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‘Breaks my heart this is happening’ Knoxville mayor visits officer shot at high school in the hospital – WATE 6 – 4/12/2021
Kincannon visited the unidentified officer Monday afternoon at UT Medical Center. Knoxville police say the officer was shot at least once and sustained “non life-threatening injuries.” “I said ‘thank you for acting so courageously to protect the people inside the school’ and he said he’d rather it be him that hurt than anyone inside the school.,” Kincannon said.

Multiple people shot at Austin-East High School in Knoxville – Knoxville News Sentinel – 4/12/2021
A student and a police officer were shot at Austin-East Magnet High School on Monday afternoon, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who is not authorized to speak about it. The Knoxville Police Department confirmed the shooting without details on its Twitter account.

Multiple Gunshot Victims’ After Shooting at Tennessee High School – Breitbart – 4/12/2021
Police report “multiple gunshot victims” following an attack at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Austin-East Magnet High School. The wounded include a Knoxville police officer. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon (D) says the Knoxville police officer who was wounded in the Austin-East shooting is alert and okay.

Knoxville School Shooting Leaves Multiple Victims – Wall Street Journal – 4/12/2021
The school building had been secured, and students who weren’t involved in the incident were released to their families, Bob Thomas, superintendent of Knox County Schools, said on Twitter. Police said a reunification site had been set up at a baseball field behind the school.

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