The FBI has joined state, county, and city police in Buffalo, New York, for a manhunt after a gunman opened fire in a high school parking lot, wounding a student and a security guard.
Authorities have not described or named the suspect or said if the suspect is a student.
A police source said the male student was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was still in surgery at 6:20 p.m., The Buffalo News reported. The source had no further information.
The security guard was shot in the leg, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said during a media briefing outside McKinley High School.
Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said there was no suspect in custody and that detectives were “aggressively working this case.”
Gramaglia said the shooting took pace at about 3:45 p.m., about 20 minutes after classes let out. Some kind of dispute took place, he said, and “an individual pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots.”
Officials immediately locked down the school while officers went through the building to ensure it was safe. About 100 staff and students were still inside at the time Gramaglia said. By 6:30, the school had been downgraded to shelter-in-place while police and school officials worked to release students to their parents.
Students inside the school had reached parents by phone and said the school was providing them dinner while they waited.
Buffalo School Superintendent Dr Kriner Cash said the school will switch to remote learned at least to the end of the week a possibly through next week.
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