Two students were killed in a shooting at the High School for Visual and Performing Arts in St. Louis on Monday morning, and the police report that the suspect is in custody, reports CNN. The Metropolitan Police Department of St.
Louisa reported the attacker 45 minutes after the attack. “At this time the scene is secure and there is no active threat. The students were evacuated," the statement said. The news of the shooting comes on the same day that Michigan teenager Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to murder charges in a school shooting last year that left four people dead and seven others injured.
Two shot dead at St Louis school
“We just thought it was a regular intruder drill. But when we started hearing sirens outside and the teachers started to even get scared, then we knew that this wasn’t just a regular drill and it was real,” Adrianne Bolden, a freshman student at Central VPA, said to KSDK.
16-year-old Taniya Gholston told the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper: “All I heard was two shots and he came in there with a gun,” Gholston said. “And I was trying to run and I couldn’t run. Me and him made eye contact but I made it out because his gun got jammed.
But we saw blood on the floor”. Reporters identified the suspect as Orlando Harris, 19, who graduated from high school last year and does not have a criminal record. "There are suspicions that there may have been some mental illness that he was experiencing.
We're working on developing that information right now," he said. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the teacher was Jean Kuczka, who taught health and physical education. "While on paper we might have nine victims ...
we have hundreds of others," Police Commissioner Mike Sack said. "Everyone who survived this is going to take home trauma."