Denver, CO – Two school administrators were shot by a student at East High School in Denver on Wednesday morning and the shooter has not yet been apprehended.
Police said the incident occurred at the high school located in the 1600-block of City Park Esplanade on March 22, FOX News reported.
Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas said that the student with the gun was being searched for weapons as part of a school safety plan, KUSA reported.
When a faculty member found a weapon on one of the students, the teenage boy opened fire.
“They were undergoing a search, and during that search, obviously a weapon, a handgun was retrieved and several shots were fired,” Chief Thomas said.
The wounded faculty members were airlifted to nearby hospitals for emergency treatment, KUSA reported.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said paramedics were already in the school building responding to somebody who had had an allergic reaction so they were able to quickly provide First Aid to the wounded faculty members.
Chief Thomas said one of the wounded school administrators was taken directly into surgery for treatment of life-threatening injuries, KUSA reported.
The second wounded faculty member was in serious condition but able to talk to investigators about what had happened, according to the police chief.
Police are searching for a black teenager wearing a hoodie but have not yet publicly released his identity.
He said the shooting took place in a school office and away from other students, KUSA reported.
Police have not yet apprehended the shooter, nor have they recovered the weapon that he used to shoot the school administrators, according to Chief Thomas.
BREAKING: Two faculty members of East High School in Denver have been shot by a student moments ago. Here are some additional details regarding yet another gun tragedy in an American school:
– Two faculty members shot and airlifted to hospital.
– One victim in critical…
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 22, 2023
JUST IN: A student shot and injured two staff members at East High School in Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock says.
"One's in surgery right now, the other one is stable and able to talk and give statements in terms of what happened," Hancock says. pic.twitter.com/MBL9gxbbCf
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 22, 2023
ALERT: #DPD is responding to a shooting at East High School. Unknown number of victims at this time. Investigators are working to gather information, expect large police presence in the area. Updates will be posted to this thread as they are made available. #Denver pic.twitter.com/YkosOOOjmS
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) March 22, 2023
Two administrators have been shot at East High School in Denver, according to officials. One is in critical condition and the other is in stable condition.
Authorities are still searching for the shooter. pic.twitter.com/kBtvClQqAb
— The Recount (@therecount) March 22, 2023
UPDATE: EAST HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN
2 adult faculty members have been transported to area hospitals.
Again, we will be doing a controlled release once DPD allows. We are working with RTD to increase the number of buses on the 15 line to help students get home.
More info to come.
— Denver Public Schools (@DPSNewsNow) March 22, 2023
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