State Police: Suspect exchanged gunfire with officers at school before killing himself

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RICHMOND, Indiana (WDTN) — A teenage suspect is dead after a shooting at a school in Richmond, Indiana.

Indiana State Police say the incident began around 8 am after police received a tip that a “violent act” could occur at Dennis Intermediate School.

Officers responded to the scene and confronted a 14-year-old suspect outside the school building who then shot out the glass of a locked door to the school and ran inside with police in pursuit.

ISP said the suspect then exchanged fire with officers inside the school before shooting himself. According to ISP, the suspect is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

ISP said they would not release the name of the suspect as he was a juvenile. Officials did say the suspect was not a student at Dennis Intermediate School.

No other students were injured in the incident.

Students from the school are being transported to Richmond High School. Parents must go to Civic Hall to pick up their students.

The school announced around 8:40 a.m. that the school district was going to be locked down.

Just after 9 a.m., the district said the school was secure following an active shooter situation.

All other schools in Richmond will resume classes and follow regular dismissal times. Afternoon preschool classes are canceled, as well as all elementary and intermediate school afternoon and evening programs.

Dennis Intermediate will be closed Friday and Monday, while all other schools will remain open.

In a tweet, the school says, “The event today at Dennis was an isolated incident. We will have extra law enforcement presence at all schools. If you plan to keep your children home tomorrow, we understand.”

Dennis students and parents are invited to go to the Westside Boys and Girls Club during the day Friday to talk with grief counselors and clergy members. Staff at Dennis will meet with grief counselors Friday as well.

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued this statement on the shooting:

“Earlier this morning, I directed the Indiana State Police to work with all local responders at the shooting at Dennis Intermediate School. We will continue to work with the school and Superintendent Jennifer McCormick to do everything possible to assist the community and support all those impacted by this terrible unfolding situation.” 

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued this statement:

“Today a shooting at an Indiana school occurred. State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick is in contact with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana State Police, and Governor Holcomb and is actively monitoring the situation. We have full confidence in Richmond Community Schools’ Superintendent Todd Terrill and his team, law enforcement, and first responders. The Department stands ready to provide guidance and support, and we will provide further statements as information unfolds.”

Richmond Community Schools’ Superintendent Todd Terrill delivered a statement Thursday evening via Facebook:

Indiana State Police say the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.

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