"Active shooter" taken into custody at Indiana middle school
- Author: Joey Payne May 25, 2018,
May 25, 2018, 22:47
Police have not yet publicly identified the alleged shooter, but said the suspect has been taken into custody.
The two victims were taken to local hospitals.
Police have reportedly confirmed that the families of the victims have been notified.
Noblesville, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis, is home to about 50,000 people.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the school is northwest of Indianapolis.
"I got a message and a call from my daughter that's in eighth grade at West Middle School saying that there was an active shooter and that they were to evacuate the building", Landis said.
Local media reported that the injured were a teenager and an adult.
Students inside that classroom say their science teacher, Jason Seaman, intervened to help stop the shooter, although authorities would not confirm that account.
The police chief said the school, attended by more than 1,350 students, has been cleared, but he did not provide details of the incident.
"We have multiple officers and a command post established at Noblesville High School and are diligently ensuring the safety of students and staff there".
Barnes also confirmed the school does not have metal detectors "as a regular basis of walking into the school".
A hectic scene erupted outside the middle school Friday as parents frantically searched for their children and school officials worked to load students into buses that were headed to Noblesville High School, about a 3½-mile drive. One victim is a teacher that was shot while taking down the shooter.
"It's a surreal feeling", the girl's dad added.
"I honestly don't think much will change, other than the attitude, because this has been happening for a very long time", the student said.
That's when Seaman bravely tackled the shooter and swatted the gun away from him, possibly saving others from getting injured.
Jowitt said the student believed to be involved asked to be excused from class and then returned with two handguns and opened fire.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted: "Karen and I are praying for the victims of the bad shooting in Indiana".
"Our hearts go out to the students, educators, families and community members of Noblesville who this morning faced a senseless act of gun violence at Noblesville West Middle School".