Science teacher who tackled Noblesville West Middle School shooter identified

Teacher, teen girl in critical condition after shooting at Indiana middle school

Teacher and student shot at Noblesville school; shooter in custody

A male student armed with two handguns opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said.

The student described his teacher's actions as heroic. "We now know that it is up to communities, families, activists, educators and the students themselves to stand up and demand that those who are trusted with protecting them do their jobs". You can follow our live blog here.

"Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground", Ethan Stonebreaker, a seventh-grade student at the school, told the Associated Press. Erica Higgins, who was among the anxious parents who rushed to get their kids, told WTHR-TV that she learned of the shooting from a relative who called her at home.

Two victims have been transported to Methodist Hospital. The severity of their injuries is unknown. However, hospital officials said three people were injured in the shooting, including at least one adult.

Barnes said investigators would remain inside the school for several hours and that because of the quick response, "We think lives were saved today".

"He said, 'I'm OK, please come get me.' That was probably 20 minutes after it happened", Morris said. Jowitt says the student was quickly taken into custody.

The teacher and a student were injured in the shooting. He is reportedly in the seventh grade.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, "Karen and I are praying for the victims of the awful shooting in Indiana". Hundreds of parents were packed in the auditorium waiting to pick up their children. Police asked parents to have their ID ready and to be patient.

The shooting occurred shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) at the school about 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Indianapolis, and authorities said the school was placed on lockdown. SWAT and K9 swept the school and found nothing. Indiana State Police Cpt. She said the quick response from teachers was important in getting people out of danger.

The students were taking a test in science class, and the suspect asked to be excused. Seaman and a 13-year-old girl were injured in the attack. The teacher yelled at the students to call 911 and run out of the building. The ages and conditions of the victims have not been released. He said science teacher Jason Seaman likely averted a catastrophe. The student hailed Seaman, who is also a football coach, as a hero.

Vice President Mike Pence released a statement to his home state: "To everyone in the Noblesville community - you are on our hearts and in our prayers".

"I'm always telling my kids that I believe that they need to have daily school searches and not let them carry backpacks", she said.

Higgins said her son was shaken up but knew little about what happened.

After last week's Texas high school shooting, elected officials and survivors there have voiced support for gun rights. High. He was hit 3 times & is undergoing surgery now.

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