Police report stopping a 14-year-old boy on his way to commit violence at an Indiana middle school on Thursday.
Police say they received a tip of the boy’s intentions and went to locate him. Police arrived just after he shot out the glass entrance door to the school.
When police approached, he fled into the school with officers in pursuit. The teen and police exchanged gunfire until finally the he turned the gun on himself.
Meanwhile, school officials activated the safety protocols. Students were then evacuated from the school and taken to the nearby Richmond High School, where parents could pick up their children at the Civic Hall Performing Arts Center.
The teen was a former student in the district, but police say he was not a student of that particular school.
Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling said it’s unknown at this time why the minor was going to the school to commit violence, but he credited the person who made the tip for saving lives today.
“Someone knew something, and they said something,” Sgt. Bowling said.
No others were injured during the event beside the shooter.
Captain David Bursten, from the same department, voiced similar thoughts:
“Had they not made that call, there is no doubt in my mind that we could be having a much different conversation right now.”
Most police departments have policies in place where the first officer on the scene of an active shooter charges in right away without waiting for back up as done in years past.
The reason for this, is because of the tendency mass murderers have of killing themselves at the first sign of opposition.
Opposition like a police officer, or an armed civilian. According to the FBI, Armed Citizens are Successful 94% of the Time at Active Shooter Events.
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