Several law enforcement agents arrived at Austin-East Magnet High School Knoxville, Tennessee, on Monday, following reports of multiple gunshot victims, including an officer with the Knoxville Police Department (KPD).
Local authorities took to Twitter on Monday to confirm that several individuals were harmed during the school shooting. The health status of the victims was not immediately available.
Bob Thomas, superintendent of Knox County Schools, confirmed that those “who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families.”
During a Monday news conference on education, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee briefly spoke about the school shooting.
“I’ve just been informed about that, just recently,” he said, noting that details remain forthcoming from law enforcement. “I just wanted to make reference to that and ask for you all to … pray for that situation.
Community concerns about gun violence have been growing following a string of shootings this year that have claimed the lives of at least four children, all former students of Austin-East High School.