One person was killed at a Knoxville, Tennessee, high school on Monday and a police officer was wounded when police confronted an armed suspect.
One man is dead and police officer is injured after a shooting this morning at a high school in the east Tennessee city of Knoxville, authorities said, adding that the scene had been secured. "A KPD officer was struck at least one time and transported to UT medical center with injuries that are not expected to be life threatening", the statement said. "That's why we are focusing our efforts to protect the innocent, protect the school, protect the children and students and staff".
"Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired", the post said.
"This is the fourth unnecessary shooting involving the Austin East community this year and we must make sure we take every step and make every effort to prevent these tragedies from continuing to occur", McKenzie's statement said.
A member of the Knoxville police forensics team works the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville.
The school was the subject of media reports in February after three students were shot to death over a three-week span.
Earlier, police said they were responding to reports of a possible gunman in the school.
A reunification site is set up at the baseball field behind the school, police said in another tweet. "One male was pronounced deceased at the scene, while another was detained for further investigation".
Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas said in a tweet the school has been "secured" and that the students "who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families". According to county policies, students could choose between in-person or virtual learning because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gun laws in Tennessee have been in the spotlight after Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill last week that would allow most adults 21 and older to carry handguns - either open carry or concealed carry - without a permit, background check or training.
Before making his announcement he addressed the breaking news of the shooting saying, "I just wanted to make reference to that and ask for those who are watching online or otherwise to pray for that situation and for the families and the victims that might be effected by that in our state".