Gunshots exchanged at Wisconsin school

Gunshots exchanged at Wisconsin school

WAUKESHA, Wis. — A city police officer inside Waukesha South High School in Wisconsin shot a 17-year-old student who pulled a gun in a classroom and refused to drop it, according to officials. 

The suspect — taken into custody — was the only person injured in the incident, police said.

It was a terrifying morning for students and their parents, many of whom raced to the school after receiving an email announcing the lockdown.

Teachers and staff also reacted quickly as students hunkered down.

“It was just really scary,” said Alexis Grady, a senior.

At a news conference, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said a male student was reported to have brought a handgun to school and was in possession of it. The Waukesha police officer responded and secured the classroom while getting other students to safety. 

Other Waukesha police officers and Waukesha County sheriff’s deputies arrived to the scene and began “dialogue with the suspect in an attempt to deescalate the situation,” Jack said.

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