Noblesville, IN – A hero Noblesville West Middle School science teacher tackled a seventh-grade student who opened fire in his classroom on Friday morning.
Jason Seaman, 30, was shot three times by the gunman, and was “doing well” after surgery, his mother, Kristi Hubly Seaman said in a Facebook post.
“Please pray for my son Jason,” she wrote earlier in the day. “This morning there was a shooting at his school Noblesville West Jr High. He was hit 3 times & is undergoing surgery now. We are told he is in good condition but haven’t gotten to see him yet.”
Seaman was shot “through the abdomen,” as well as in the hip and forearm, Kristi later said in an update.
A 13-year-old female student was also shot by the gunman and was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, WISH reported.
Details regarding the victims’ conditions have not been released by authorities.
“PLEASE pray for the student that was also shot,” Kristi asked in a Facebook post.
Police received a call of an “active shooter” at Noblesville West Middle School at 9:06 a.m., Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowett said during a Friday morning press conference.
Multiple law enforcement agencies immediately responded, and a male student was detained at the scene, Chief Jowitt said.
Investigators learned that the male student had asked to be excused from the classroom, then returned with two handguns, the chief explained.
He opened fire, critically injuring the 13-year-old female student, the Daily Mail reported.
Seaman, a former defensive lineman at Southern Illinois University, was shot three times as he successfully took the teen to the ground, and “swatted” his weapons from his hands, WLS reported.
“Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,” seventh-grade student Ethan Stonebraker told the news outlet. “If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”
Noblesville West Middle School also has a school resource officer, and the threat was quickly resolved, Chief Jowitt said.
The scene was determined to be “completely secure,” and was cleared by three separate emergency services departments, he added.
According to the Daily Mail, Seaman has worked at the school for four years as both a teacher and as a football coach.
His brother, Jeremy Seaman, said he wasn’t surprised when he learned of his brother’s heroic actions.
“It’s not surprising, to be honest,” Jeremy told the Indy Star. “He’s not really ever been the person to run away. When the safety of the kids is at hand, it’s not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do.”
Seaman as a wife and two young children, Jeremy said.
Seaman’s neighbor, Steve Vedder, said that when he learned the gunman had been taken down by a seventh-grade science teacher, “I knew it had to be him.”
“He’s a hero in my mind,” Vedder said.
School administrators and law enforcement officials said that the students and faculty inside the school responded to the threat exactly as they had been trained to do.
Eighth-grader Chris Navarro told WLS that he heard 16 gunshots while he was inside the auditorium.
“The speaker came on and said we were on lockdown and people rushed in and we went to the back of the room,” Navarro said. “I went into this little room in the back with three other people.”
Students were bussed to Noblesville High School, which also received a threat on Friday, police said.
“We have no reason to believe there is any kind of a threat connected to this incident anywhere else,” Chief Jowitt later said during the press conference. “We’re also, however, aware of a secondary threat that’s been made at Noblesville High School. We have multiple officers and a command post established at Noblesville High School and are diligently ensuring the safety of students and staff there.
“We have not received any information that this has been anything other than a communicated threat and again we are securing Noblesville High School and taking steps to ensure that it stays secure,” he added.
Vice President Mike Pence commended the first responders for their swift actions and said that the community was in his prayers.
“Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana,” Vice President Pence said in a tweet. “To everyone in the Noblesville community – you are on our hearts and in our prayers. Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders.”
The Indianapolis Colts also released a statement in the wake of the school shooting.
Approximately 1,300 students and 70 teachers were inside the school at the time of the incident, the Daily Mail reported.