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1 dead, 1 person detained after shooting at high school in Knoxville

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 20:24:51-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — One person is dead after multiple people were shot, including a police officer, at a high school in the East Tennessee city of Knoxville.

According to WVLT, a male subject reportedly entered the school armed, and as officers approached him, shots were fired.

The officer was hit once, media outlets reported.

One male was pronounced dead at the scene and another male was detained, reports WATE.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, a source said the situation "is no longer active."

In a tweet, Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas confirmed a shooting did occur, but the school had been secured, The Associated Press reported.

"The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families," Thomas tweeted.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Nashville (ATF Nashville) said in a tweet that they were responding to the shooting and were called in to assist law enforcement partners.

Police said a reunification site has been established at the baseball field behind the high school.