At least two students and one adult custodian have been injured in a shooting at an Idaho middle school, as a male pupil has been taken into custody.
The active shooter entered Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho, around 9am Thursday morning and opened fire, causing teachers and students to flee for their lives.
Three people were shot in the attack and were taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, reported EastIdahoNews.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson told the outlet their injuries are not life-threatening.
The suspected shooter has been detained by law enforcement and is being interviewed by investigators. There is no longer an active threat.
Meanwhile in Albuquerque a middle school was plunged into lockdown after a teacher reported seeing a student carrying a gun into the building.
There were no shots fired and no injuries reported in that incident.
At least two students and one adult custodian have been injured in a shooting at an Idaho middle school, as a male pupil has been taken into custody. Pictured students and teachers leave the scene at Rigby middle School
Families hug outside the school after being reunited following the shooting Thursday morning
Students hug each other following the attack. No motive is yet known but the suspect is in custody
Parents collect their children from the high school after the male suspect entered the middle school and shot three people
Students walk past police tape at Rigby Middle School which was the scene of a mass shooting
It is not clear what the motive was for the attack or whether the gunman targeted his victims or shot at random.
The age and identity of both the suspect and victims have not been revealed.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Sheriff’s Office for more information.
Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin described the incident in Rigby as the ‘worst nightmare’ the district could have.
‘Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could encounter. We had a school shooting here at Rigby Middle School,’ Martin told Local News 8.
‘What we know so far is the shooter has been apprehended. There is no further threat to the students.’
Students and teachers were evacuated from the middle school to the high school with parents being told to collect their children from there.
Emotional parents and children were seen hugging and embracing as they were reunited at the high school.
Any students not collected would be sent home by bus, the district said.
Students and staff are seen evacuating the school and being reunited with their families following the shooting
Three people were shot in the attack and were taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Law enforcement are seen on the scene
Students, staff and parents are seen in the aftermath of the shooting. The suspected shooter has been detained by law enforcement and is being interviewed by investigators
Multiple law enforcement teams remain on the scene.
Idaho Governor Brad Little said he was ‘praying’ for all those involved.
‘I am praying for the lives and safety of those involved in today’s tragic events,’ he tweeted.
‘Thank you to our law enforcement agencies and school leaders for their efforts in responding to the incident. I am staying updated on the situation.’
Rigby is a small city home to around 4,100 people. It is the county seat of Jefferson County and is located around 145 kilometers southwest of Yellowstone National Park.
The incident marks the latest in a string of mass shootings across America in recent months.
Back on March 16, Robert Aaron Long, 21, is accused of killing eight people – six of them Asian women – in a series of attacks at three Atlanta spas.
The following week, gunman Ahmad Alissa then allegedly shot dead ten people including a police officer, in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
Children stand outside of the high school after they were evacuated there from nearby Rigby Middle School
Two people walk together near the scene of the shooting. The identity of the suspect and victims are not yet known
Families are reunited after the shooting which the school district described as the ‘worst nightmare’ the district could have
Idaho Governor Brad Little tweeted that he was ‘praying’ for all those involved
Biden Executive Actions on Guns
- Crackdown on ‘ghost guns,’ which are built from kits
- Tighten requirements on pistol braces that allow for more accurate shooting
- Department of Justice will publish ‘red flag’ legislation for the states
- Investment in evidence-based community violence interventions
- DoJ will issue an annual report on gun trafficking
The next day, a shooting at a Southern California office building left four people dead, including a child.
Eight people were shot and killed at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis earlier this month.
According to EdWeek, there have been six school shootings in 2021 prior to Thursday’s attack.
In total, these incidents left two school employees and one student dead.
Since 2018, there have been 65 shootings in schools across the country.
One of the deadliest school shootings in American history was the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.
Gunman Adam Lanza entered the school in Newtown, Connecticut, shooting 27 dead inside and injuring many more.
In light of this year’s spate in gun violence, Joe Biden has unveiled a series of executive actions designed to curb gun violence following the string of shootings.
The six actions include: a crackdown on the proliferation of ‘ghost guns,’ which are built from kits; tighten requirements on pistol braces that allow for more accurate shooting; the Department of Justice will publish ‘red flag’ legislation for the states; invest in evidence-based community violence interventions; and DoJ will issue an annual report on gun trafficking.
Biden said mass shootings are a ‘public health crisis’ and argued he was not trying to impinge on the Second Amendment – a claim gun rights groups and Republicans have made against the introduction gun control laws.
Alela Rodriguez walks with her son Yandel Rodriguez, 12, at the high school as they are reunited
People embrace outside the high school where they were evacuated to after the shooting at the middle school
Rigby Middle School above. Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin described the incident in Rigby as the ‘worst nightmare’ the district could have
The active shooter entered Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho, around 9am Thursday morning and opened fire