One Student Dead, Another Injured in Shooting Next to Minnesota School - Police
© AP Photo / Rich PedroncelliA police tape blocks a road near the scene where a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was shot and a suspect was shot and killed in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael, Calif., Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
© AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - One student is dead and another is injured following a shooting at a school in the US state of Minnesota, Richfield Police Department Chief Jay Henthorne said.
"We had a shooting that occurred at the Salt Education Center," Henthorne said during a press briefing on Tuesday. "Officers arrived and discovered two students had been shot on the sidewalk outside of the school... Unfortunately, one of the students succumbed to his injuries, the other student remains in critical condition at this time."
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and the authorities are searching for the suspects, Henthorne said.
1 student dead, 1 critical from shooting at 12:07pm out front of South Education Center, police just said. Shooter at large. Small groups seen getting on buses, 2:20pm. Nearby park for pick-ups. Alternative school ~200 students, preK-age 21. #Richfield, #Minnesota video:@kare11 pic.twitter.com/vTtoUBj3bx— Alex Belser (@AlexBelser) February 1, 2022
There is no further threat to the area and the lockdowns placed at various schools earlier have been lifted, Henthorne said.
Henthorne did not disclose the names or the ages of the victims or the possible motive for the shooting.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz wrote on Twitter that he was briefed on the incident and noted that state police is working in tandem with local law enforcement.
1 February 2022, 19:04 GMT
Reports of the shooting broke out as an active shooter incident was reported at Virginia's Bridgewater College, which has remained on a shelter-in-place order as police search the grounds and continue their investigation. The shooter has since been taken into custody.