ST. LOUIS — Two people were killed Monday morning in a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in South St. Louis.
Officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were called to respond to the incident at 9:10 a.m. Acting St. Louis Police Chief Lt. Col. Michael Sack said officers arrived at the high school on the corner of Kingshighway and Arsenal a few minutes later. . They immediately entered the school. As the children walked out of school, the students told officers the suspect was armed with a long gun. Officers then heard gunshots and ran towards him. They found the shooter and officers and the shooter exchanged gunfire. The shooter was injured and taken to hospital. He is about 20 years old and has since passed away. He has not yet been identified. The motive for this shooting is unclear at this time. No officers were injured.
A total of eight people were injured in the incident, including an adult woman who was pronounced dead by gunshot in a hospital, and a teenage girl who was also shot dead. The other injured suffered various shrapnel and gunshot wounds. They are being treated in local hospitals
“It’s a heartbreaking day for all of us. It’s going to be tough. While on paper we could have nine victims, eight who were transported, one remained, we have hundreds more. Everyone who has survived here are going to bring home trauma,” Sack said.
The FBI said at 10:05 a.m. that “there is no longer an immediate threat to the school.”
FOX 2’s Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter flew over the school. Children and police were seen fleeing the school building. Officers were also seen helping students scale fences and buildings in order to escape. The officers had firearms at one time.
St. Louis Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Lori Willis said CVPA and Collegiate High School are closed. Students from both schools were evacuated.
The students were gathered at the Courtesy Diner on Kingshighway. They were then moved to a Schnucks car park on Arsenal Street. Parents should go to Gateway STEM at 5101 McRee Avenue to pick up their child.
Kingshighway and Arsenal are closed. A criminal gang has been set up in the area to block the police investigation.
FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.
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