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According to police, investigators trying to find out why a sixth grade student brought a gun to her Idaho middle school and wounded three people after the fire opened, are investigating reports claiming she did in the days before Attack a video posted on social media.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson made the unveiling Thursday during an early morning press conference after filming at Rigby Middle School in Rigby.
“They are aware of this and are looking into it,” Anderson told a reporter after being asked about a video allegedly being broadcast on TikTok. Anderson did not comment on the content of the video.
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EastIdahoNews.com says it has “received dozens of messages stating she posted a threatening video on social media days before filming”.
The shooter is from Idaho Falls, police say, but had not been publicly identified as of Friday.
The student pulled the gun from a backpack before opening fire, authorities said.
“During the shooting, a teacher disarmed the student and held her until the police took her into custody,” Anderson said Thursday. “She took the pistol from the student.”
The student wasn’t in the teacher’s class, added Anderson. The shooting began in a hallway at school where two people were shot and taken out of the building where the third victim was hit, he added. No motive was disclosed.
The three victims were shot in the limbs and are expected to survive, officials say.
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Police were called to the school at around 9:15 a.m. on Thursday after students and staff heard gunshots. Several law enforcement agencies responded, and the students were evacuated to a nearby high school to be reunited with their parents.
“Me and my classmate were in class with our teacher – we were doing work – and then there was suddenly a loud noise and then there were two more loud noises. Then there was screaming,” 12-year-old Yandel Rodriguez told the Associated Press. “Our teacher checked it and found blood.”
Yandel’s mother, Adela Rodriguez, said they were okay but “still a little shaky” from the shootings when they left campus.
Schools across the district would be closed to give students time to be with their families, and counselors would be available starting Friday, said Chad Martin, superintendent of the Jefferson School District.
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“This is the worst nightmare a school district could ever encounter. We are preparing for it,” said Martin, “but you are never really prepared.”
Police circles surrounded the school, which has about 1,500 6th to 8th grade students, and small blood stains were placed on the floor next to blood stains.
Lucy Long, a sixth grader at Rigby Middle School, told the Idaho Falls Post Register that her classroom was locked after hearing gunshots with lights and computers turned off and students lined up against the wall.
Lucy comforted her friends and started recording on her cell phone so the police would know what had happened when the gunman walked in. The sound was mostly whispered, with one sentence audible: “It’s real,” said one student.
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Lucy said she saw blood in the hallway when the police led her out of the classroom.
Jefferson County Attorney Mark Taylor said criminal complaint decisions would not be made until the investigation was completed, but could include three attempted murders.
Stephen Sorace of Fox News, Louis Casiano and the Associated Press contributed to this report.