The county sheriff of Dallas, Adam Infante, confirmed the presence of “numerous injured” at the scene of the shooting.
The The suspect's motives are under investigation. Law enforcement is examining in particular several publications made on social networks by the shooter at the time of the shooting, added Mr. Mortvedt.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff beginning Thursday and remain at half-staff until sunset Sunday, in support of the community and the students, families and teachers of the school.
This The senseless tragedy has shaken our entire state, Ms. Reynolds said at a press conference, promising that state government resources will be available to local officials as things move forward.
In Washington, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting. FBI agents are assisting in the investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Vigils were planned for Thursday evening at a park and at a local church. The school will be closed on Friday, while psychological support services will be made available to students, faculty and other members of the student community.
Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante said the shooting took place before classes started, leaving few students in attendance. students were in the school.
An active shooter was reported at 7:37 a.m. Thursday morning. According to Sheriff Infante, law enforcement arrived on scene seven minutes later.
At this time, Ava Augustus was waiting for a counselor in an office when she heard three gunshots. Unable to escape through a small window, she and other students barricaded themselves in the room, ready to throw objects if necessary.
And then we heard: "He is dead, you can go out", said the student, in tears.
There, I started running. There was glass and blood everywhere. When I got to my car, I saw the first responders taking a girl out of the auditorium. She had been shot in the leg.
15-year-old Zander Shelley was in a hallway waiting for the school day to start when' he heard gunshots. He rushed into a classroom, according to his father, Kevin Shelley. The teen hid in the classroom before texting his father at 7:36 a.m.
Kevin Shelley, who drives a garbage truck, told his boss he had to leave. I had the biggest fear of my entire life, he admitted.
A shooting occurred at Perry High School in Iowa on Thursday morning.
Rachael Kares, an 18-year-old college student, was finishing her jazz band rehearsal at 8:37 a.m. — she had just looked at her watch — when she and her bandmates heard what she described as four gunshots spaced apart.
Everyone jumped, she said. Our teacher looked at us and yelled at us to run. So we went running.
Like many other students, she ran to the front of the football field school when she heard people shouting: Get out! Get out!
Perry has a population of about 8,000 and is about 40 miles northwest of Des Moines, the capital of Iowa. The municipality is home to a large pork processing plant and low, one-story houses spread among trees now stripped of their leaves in winter.