• Teen, teacher shot at Indiana school; student shooter in custody, police say

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    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - A middle school boy allegedly opened fire at an Indiana school Friday morning, police said, leaving a teacher and another student injured, the latest in a string of school shootings this year.

    "I heard gunshots and a few screams," a seventh-grader who was across the hall from the shooting told ABC News. "I was scared, I was in shock." 

    The suspected shooter, a student at Noblesville West Middle School, located about 27 miles north of Indianapolis, asked to be excused from class and then returned to the room armed with two handguns, Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference.

    The teacher and student victims were shot in that room, Jowitt said, adding that the situation was resolved quickly and the suspect, who wasn't injured, was taken into custody.

    The two victims were taken to local hospitals. Authorities did not provide their conditions.

    One student said he was in class taking a test when the suspect came in with a handgun and started shooting aimlessly, "waiving his hand around," reported ABC affiliate RTV in Indianapolis.

    The teacher allegedly stopped the shooter, the student told RTV.

    "I was thinking, 'It's not real, it's not real, everything is going to be OK,'" student Gabbie Manns told ABC News of her time barricaded in the classroom. "We are holding hands holding tight ... people I didn't even know that well came over and held my hand and we all felt really united at that moment."

    "There was people crying ... it was really chaos," she added. "I thought about all the other school shootings."


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    Tanner, an eighth grader, said he was in class when he saw kids running and screaming.

    “There was only three of us, we had to barricade the door to make sure no one came in,” he told ABC News.

    “I was shaking for my life,” he said, overcome with emotion. “I just didn’t wanna die.”

    Kendall, a sixth grader, said she heard an announcement over the intercom, telling students to get in their rooms and barricade the door. She and her classmates got in the corner and the teacher turned off the lights.

    “I was really scared, I didn't really know what was going on,” she told ABC News. “My teacher let me use his phone to call my mom.”

    "I heard gunshots and a few screams," seventh-grader CJ Livingston, who was in a classroom across from the shooting, told ABC News. "We were all trying to be quiet and there were a lot of people crying around me."

    "I was scared, I was in shock. I didn’t really know what to do," he continued. "I just thought I really needed to protect my peers and my friends and if something happened, I was petrified."

    He said they threw chairs at the door as a barricade and then lined up behind the desks to hide.

    "When I think about how that really must have felt for him I start sobbing," CJ's mother, Kristin Huber, told ABC News. "Something you don’t want your children to ever have to experience." 

    "When you get a text message from your son saying, 'Mom, there’s an intruder, I just wanted to tell you I love you,' just thinking about him texting me that is pretty tough," she said. "It was devastating. I was grateful when he let me know he was OK."

    The school has a full-time school resource officer who was in the building at the time, Jowitt said.

    The school does not have metal detectors, officials said.

    At the nearby Noblesville East Middle School, "everybody just got so scared" and a lot of people were crying, one sixth-grade girl told RTV.

    "It's a surreal feeling," the girl's dad added. "You don't think it's happening in your own town."

    "A secondary threat" was also made at Noblesville High School, Jowitt said.

    "We have not received any information that this has been anything other than a communicated threat," Jowitt said. "We are securing the high school and taking steps to make sure that it stays secure."

    "All this says to me is insanity has hit Indiana," one man whose wife's grandson attends school in the district told RTV.

    The man, who described the shooting as "chaos," said the boy texted his mother, "come get me."

    Vice President Mike Pence, an Indiana native, said he is "praying for the victims."

    “To everyone in the Noblesville community -- you are on our hearts and in our prayers,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders.”

    Gov. Eric Holcomb said he is monitoring the shooting.

    "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible situation,” Holcomb said.

    Friday morning's shooting comes one week after a teenage boy allegedly stormed his Texas high school, shooting and killing 10 and wounding 13 others.

    ABC News' Rachel Katz, Teri Whitcraft, Ryan Burrow and Briana Montalvo contributed to this report.

     

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