Stu­dent, of­fi­cer in­jured in high school shoot­ing

The Peterborough Examiner - - CANADA & WORLD -

A po­lice of­fi­cer con­fronted an armed stu­dent at a Wis­con­sin high school Tues­day morn­ing and both were wounded, po­lice said, in the sec­ond such shoot­ing at a school in the state in as many days.

The lat­est shoot­ing hap­pened at Oshkosh West High School just af­ter 9 a.m., Oshkosh po­lice spokesper­son Kather­ine Mann said at a news brief­ing. The stu­dent and the of­fi­cer were taken to hos­pi­tals, but no one else was in­jured in the shoot­ing, Mann said. Po­lice will not be re­leas­ing de­tails of the type of weapon the stu­dent was car­ry­ing, and the depart­ment of Jus­tice is han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, she said.

“This is a big deal,” Mann said. “We’re not that big of a city and we know pretty much ev­ery­one in the city and we know this af­fects a lot of peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.”

The Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The school was locked down. Po­lice said par­ents would be able to re­unite with their chil­dren later at Perry Ti­pler Mid­dle school. By late morn­ing, par­ents were gath­ered at the mid­dle school, wait­ing for their chil­dren.

An Oshkosh West stu­dent iden­ti­fied only as Eve­lyn told WLUK-TV that she was in class when she heard scream­ing and her teacher walked out.

“And then, like, af­ter two min­utes she ran back into the class­room and she was like, ‘Ev­ery­body needs to evac­u­ate right now!’ And then we all ran out of the class and then we saw ev­ery­body from out school run­ning to across the street.”

Af­ter re­unit­ing with her mother at the nearby mid­dle school, Eve­lyn said: “They told us they were go­ing to tell us what was hap­pen­ing, but they never did.”

A se­nior iden­ti­fied only as Josh told the Jour­nal Sen­tinel that he heard the gun­shots.

“I was walk­ing in the hall, and a teacher shoved me into a class­room, and we started bar­ri­cad­ing the doors, and we all hud­dled in the cor­ner, and there were gun­shots,” he said.

The Rev. John Seel­man, pas­tor of Im­manuel Lutheran Church across the street from the school, says he saw one per­son be­ing trans­ported from the school in a wheel­chair who was taken away in an am­bu­lance, and an­other who was car­ried out on a stretcher.

Stephanie Car­lin, who is the mother of a sopho­more and a se­nior at Oshkosh West and a school board mem­ber, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that one of her sons texted her to say, “it was crazy,” but that both of her sons were safe.

“As a par­ent, it’s ter­ri­fy­ing,” Car­lin said. It’s a par­ent’s “worst nightmare.”

Just be­fore 11 a.m., school buses were lined up out­side the school and streets were blocked off. Sev­eral squad cars, many of them with lights still flash­ing, were parked out­side, with of­fi­cers manning the bar­ri­cades block­ing the street.

Oshkosh West has about 1,700 stu­dents in grades 9 to 12.

Tues­day’s shoot­ing in Oshkosh, a town of about 67,000 peo­ple, was about 130 kilo­me­tres north of Mon­day’s shoot­ing in the Mil­wau­kee suburb of Wauke­sha.

A po­lice of­fi­cer re­spond­ing to a sit­u­a­tion at Wauke­sha South High School shot an armed male stu­dent in a class­room. Of­fi­cials say that stu­dent pointed a hand­gun at of­fi­cers. The 17-year-old boy was wounded and is in cus­tody in sta­ble con­di­tion.

No of­fi­cers or other stu­dents were in­jured, Wauke­sha Po­lice Chief Rus­sell Jack said.

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