NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (CBS4)– Here’s everything our partner station, CBS 4 in Indianapolis, learned about the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School that occurred Friday morning and left one student and one teacher injured.
Statement from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
“Speaker Bosma, Pro Tem Long and I are monitoring the situation at Noblesville West Middle School from the air on our return trip to Indianapolis from Europe. Approximately 100 state police officers have been made available to work with local responders and will offer all assistance needed. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible situation.”
One student and one teacher were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a seventh-grade science classroom. The student was taken to Riley Hospital for Children, and we’re told by other students she is a 13-year-old girl. The teacher was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.
Additionally, one student was transported to Riverview Health in Noblesville and is being treated for a fractured ankle.
Suspect in custody
Police tell us a male student is the suspected shooter, and he was detained at the school. He is reportedly in the seventh grade. Any information on charges is expected to be announced after the holiday weekend.
Students were evacuated from the middle school to Noblesville High School. Hundreds of parents were packed in the auditorium waiting to pick up their children. Officials called the students’ names one-by-one. Police asked parents to have their ID ready and to be patient.
Threat at high school
There was a threat at Noblesville High School, and it was placed on lockdown. SWAT and K9 swept the school and found nothing. The school was given the all-clear. Indiana State Police Cpt. David Bursten says they have the means to track down the call, and that person will be arrested and prosecuted to the highest degree.
Science teacher tackles gunman
The students were taking a test in science class, and the suspect asked to be excused. He later returned with two handguns and opened fire. Students tell us a 13-year-old girl was hit.
The students ran to the back of the classroom to hide, and that’s when the science teacher bravely tackled the student and swatted the gun away from him, possibly saving others from getting injured. The teacher yelled at the students to call 911 and run out of the building.
During a news conference on Friday afternoon, authorities said they will not officially release the identity of the victims. However, multiple students and parents have identified the hero as seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman. He’s also a football coach at the middle school.
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