Two campus cops have been shot and killed at a school within the US state of Virginia Tuesday, whereas one scholar was killed and one other wounded in a taking pictures at a college in Minnesota the identical day.
Two brokers, a campus regulation enforcement officer and a campus security officer, have been shot earlier than the suspect fled the scene on the school in Virginia, Virginia State Police stated in a press release on Twitter.
A number of regulation enforcement companies arrived on the campus of Bridgewater Faculty round 1:20 pm (1820 GMT) in response to lively shooter stories, based on the identical assertion, which the college additionally posted to its web site.
The suspect, a 27-year-old man named Alexander Wyatt Campbell, was later apprehended, Virginia State Police stated, including that he had a “non-life-threatening gunshot wound.”
It was not but clear if he had been shot by police or if the wound was self-inflicted. He has already been charged with homicide, police stated.
The city of Bridgewater, about two and a half hours south of the US capital of Washington and the place Bridgewater Faculty is positioned, despatched out an alert round 1:30 pm warning of an lively shooter state of affairs, native media reported.
The college issued an all-clear discover on its web site round 4:30 pm.
A number of college students advised the Washington Publish they heard photographs close to a classroom constructing on campus, the paper reported, and needed to shelter in place for greater than three hours.
One scholar, 21-year-old, Kasey Truslow, advised the Publish she heard a gunshot exterior the window of the constructing.
“After the second shot, we acquired on the ground. We remained on the ground for an hour,” she stated.
“My trainer barricaded the door with an enormous desk with laptop displays on it. We stayed there. There was a secondary door that the scholars blocked.”
The college had continued to tweet updates all through the incident, telling college students, “Use these alerts as the one dependable supply of knowledge.”
Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin tweeted, “I’ve been briefed on the state of affairs at Bridgewater Faculty. The shooter is in custody and state and native police are on the scene.”
The officers have been recognized by the college as John Painter and J.J. Jefferson.
The pair “have been shot and killed on campus whereas defending us,” a press release from school president David Bushman on its web site stated.
“These officers have been shut associates, recognized to many people because the ‘dynamic duo.’ John was J.J.’s greatest man in his wedding ceremony this 12 months. They have been beloved by college students, college and workers. I damage for his or her households and family members, as I do know all of us do,” the assertion continued.
Bridgewater Mayor Ted Flory posted a press release on the small city’s web site.
“Bridgewater is shocked by at the moment’s mindless violence at Bridgewater Faculty,” Flory stated. “We’re heartbroken by the useless accidents and lack of life.”
The mayor praised the officers for his or her efforts in responding to the shooter stories.
“In this goodness, we discover the power to go ahead and to supply our like to victims’ households and to your complete Bridgewater Faculty Group,” he stated.
The taking pictures in Minnesota occurred within the city of Richfield simply exterior of Minneapolis round midday, officers stated, leaving one scholar lifeless and one other wounded.
The attackers opened fireplace on the scholars on a sidewalk exterior the South Schooling Heart earlier than rushing away in a automobile, Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne advised the StarTribune newspaper.
Two suspects have been later arrested, the paper stated, noting that associates of the sufferer had recognized the slain scholar as Jamari Rice, who some native journalists stated was the son of Black Lives Matter activist Cortez Rice.
Cortez Rice was arrested final 12 months and charged with trying to intimidate a choose dealing with the trial of ex-police officer Kim Potter officer who killed a Black man in April when she stated she blended up her taser along with her pistol throughout a visitors cease.
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