UPDATE: 1 student killed, 1 injured in shooting outside Minnesota school
RICHFIELD, Minn. (Valley News Live/KARE 11) — Police say one student was killed and another injured in a shooting outside of a school in Richfield, Minnesota.
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne told reporters the two victims were shot on a sidewalk outside the South Education Center around 12:07 p.m., and the suspects fled in a vehicle immediately afterwards.
The two victims were rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead and the other was rushed into surgery. That student is reported in critical condition.
“This is a tragic day in the city of Richfield,” Henthorne said. “Our community, our hearts, our prayers, our thoughts go out to District 287, their students, their families and our community.”
Police and medical personnel responded to the South Education Center in the 7000 block of Penn Avenue South. Images from the scene show a strong police presence that includes agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
Veteran KARE 11 photojournalist Craig Norkus lives across from the school. He says he was preparing for work when he heard the siren of one squad, and then they were “non-stop.” Norkus calls the response “overwhelming,” saying he counted between 30 and 40 squads from various agencies, and a minimum of five ambulances.
One parent on scene at South Education Center waiting for her child shared a text she received as the incident unfolded. “Mom, there is a shooter in the school I love you.”
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was scheduled to visit Centennial Elementary School in Richfield at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday to highlight actions to keep kids in school and provide emergency staffing support. After news of the shooting, the Governor’s office announced that his visit was postponed and he was being briefed on the situation unfolding.
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