The school gunslinger had an AR-15 style weapon, 600 rounds of ammunition.

castle. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old boy who murdered a teacher and a 15-year-old girl at a St. Louis high school was armed with an AR-15 style rifle and a rifle that appears to have fired more than 600 rounds. St. Louis Police Commissioner Michael Sack told reporters that Orlando Harris left a handwritten note describing the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School shooting on Monday. 10th grade Alexzandria Bell and 61-year-old gymnast Jean Kuczka died and seven students were injured. Police killed Harris by exchanging guns. Sack read a note from Harris lamenting that the young man had no friends. Family, girlfriend, isolated life. Harris called it “the perfect storm for mass snipers.” Sack said Harris was tying his ammunition to his chest and bag, and an additional magazine was found dumped in a stairwell. “This could have been a lot worse,” Saek said. In the attack, students barricaded doors, crouched in classroom corners, jumped out of windows, and ran out of buildings to find safety. One girl said she made eye contact with the shooter before the gun appeared blocked and she managed to escape. Some people in the school said they had heard Harris warn, “You will all die!” Harris graduated from school last year. At his press conference, Sack urged people to come forward when someone who appears to be suffering from mental illness or suffering starts “talking about buying a firearm or harming others.” She is working hard to improve her dancing and grades, said Central’s principal, Kacy Seals-Shahid. Her father said she was part of the school’s junior varsity dance team and “Alexzandria was everything to me,” her father Andre Bell told KSDK-TV. “She was a fun, wonderful, wonderful person.” “She was the girl I wanted to see and hear. No matter how she felt about me, I was always able to talk to her and it was fine. She said that was my baby.” The morning of the shooting, Alexzandria’s mom saw the teenager left at her home and brought her daughter’s glasses to school. Her mom arrived at school before Alexzandria arrived by school bus. “As Alex got off her bus, I asked her, ‘Don’t you need this because you can’t see without it?’ Seal-Shahid said. “Her family was very supportive of Alexandria.” Abby Kuczka said her mother was murdered when a shooter broke into the classroom and she moved back and forth between him and her students. “Mom loved the children.” Abbey Kuczka is a St. I told Louis Post-Dispatch. . “She loved her students. I know her students saw her like her mother.” The seven injured students are all 15 or 16 years old. Sack said four people suffered gunshot wounds or abrasions, two had bruises and one broke an ankle. It appears to have jumped from a three-story building. “All schools are listed in stable condition,” said St. Louis Superintendent Kelvin Adams. The guard was initially surprised to see Harris trying to enter one of the doors. He had a gun and “there was no mystery as to what was going to happen. He went in with it in an aggressive and violent way,” Sack said. The security guard alerted school officials and made sure they contacted the police. Harris was able to get in anyway. Sack said he didn’t want to “make it easy” for anyone else to break into the school, but he declined to reveal a way. The police have suggested this schedule. At 9:11 a.m., the police received a 911 call indicating the shooter. . Arrived at 9:15 am by the officers (some on duty in street clothes). Police found Harris on the third floor at 9:23 a.m. where he was barricading inside the classroom. Police said in a press release that Harris fired a gun at the officer and counterattacked and smashed the door. He was secured by police at 9:32 a.m., police said Alexandria was found in a hallway and died at the scene. Kuczka was found in a classroom and died in the hospital. Central Visual and Performing Arts shares a building with another magnet school, the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. Central has 383 students, Collegiate 336. It was the 40th shooting at a school this year, according to Education Week tally, the most since the shootings began to be tracked in 2018. Fatal attacks include: 19 children and two teachers at Rob Elementary School in Yuvalde, Texas, last May. St. Louis Board of Education chairperson Matt Davis said police and school officials responded quickly to the shooting on Monday. It’s a tragedy,” Davis said. The survivors are now treating the trauma, and the shooter pointed a gun at the school’s dance teacher, Raymond Parks, but did not fire, Parks said. His classmates escaped and Parks blocked traffic. They stopped and had someone called the police. In response to the police response, Parks said, “I couldn’t have asked for anything better than this,” Ashley Rench said when he heard a loud noise while teaching advanced algebra to sophomores. Then on the school intercom, “Miles Davis is in the building.” “This is our intruder code,” Rench said. When the cops started to beat up, she might be able to see the cops at first. I wasn’t sure it was really law enforcement until I said, “Let’s go!” she told the children.___Salter reported from Opalon, Missouri. Associated Press reporters Margaret Stafford and Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri, reported the report. ___ This story has been modified to show that Alexzandria Bell is 15, not 16, as the police have previously stated. The police also corrected the spelling of her name.
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