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Student injures 3 in Idaho middle school shooting; all expected to recover

Posted at 10:48 AM, May 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 09:03:47-04

RIGBY, Idaho — Three people were shot at a Idaho school Thursday morning, including two students. Another student is in custody, officials say.

Along with the two students at Rigby Middle School, an adult custodian was also injured. All three are in stable condition. The two students who were shot will be monitored overnight and the adult was quickly treated and released from the hospital Thursday.

"Our trauma system was prepared for this when it came on and the fact that the injuries are as insignificant as they are right now...not saying that they aren't bad but they could be so much worse we feel absolutely blessed," said Dr. Michael Lemon, Trauma Director at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

The shooter was a 6th grade female student who lives in Idaho Falls but attends Rigby Middle School.

During the shooting, a teacher disarmed the student of the handgun and held her until law enforcement was able to take her into custody, officials report.

The incident started in the hallway and moved outside. Two victims were shot in the school and the other outside.

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"Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could encounter. We had a school shooting here at Rigby Middle School," Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin said.

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The suspect may face three counts of attempted murder, Jefferson County prosecuting attorney Mark Taylor said.

Little is known about the shooter's motive, but the EastIdahoNews reports that it received "dozens of messages" stating that the shooter posted a threatening video on social media days before the shooting.

Students were evacuated to a nearby high school during the incident and there will be no classes Friday to give families a chance to recover from the event. School counselors and other agencies will be available for student support starting Friday.