Shooting at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids prompts lockdown
PUBLISHED Fri, September 09, 2016 - 9:59am EDT
Police and other emergency services have responded to Thomas Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids after a 15-year-old boy shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt. The school is on lockdown but there is no indication of an active shooter situation.
The incident began at 7:56 a.m. on Friday when Cedar Rapids police officers were called to Jefferson High School for reports that shots had been fired. Officers, some of them with their guns drawn, rushed to the school to check on the reports.
Upon arrival, officers located a 15-year-old boy outside the auditorium and he appeared to be suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The boy - whose identity has not been released - was rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting, but it is believed to be the result of a suicide attempt. "Preliminary, the Police Department does not believe that anyone other than the victim was involved, however the incident is under investigation," police said.
Jefferson High School remains on lockdown as a precaution, but police emphasize that they do not believe that there is any active threat to students and staff.
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