Police: Suspect exchanged gunfire with officers outside Indiana school before killing himself

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A teenage suspect is dead after a shooting at a school in eastern Indiana.

Indiana State Police said that a shooting at David W. Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond has resulted in the death of the suspect. Police say the situation began around 8 a.m.

No other students were injured, according to ISP.

Police said someone warned police that someone could be on the way to the school to “commit a violent act.” Officers responded quickly and confronted the suspect outside of the school.

According to ISP, the suspect exchanged gunfire with police before turning the gun on himself.

Students from the school are being transported to Richmond High School. Parents must go to Civic Hall to pick up their students.

The FBI is on scene and assisting local police in the investigation.

The school announced around around 8:40 a.m. that the school district was going to be locked down.

Just after 9 a.m., the district said the school was secure following an active shooter situation.

All other schools in Richmond will resume classes and follow regular dismissal times. Afternoon preschool classes are canceled.

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued this statement on the shooting:

“Earlier this morning, I directed the Indiana State Police to work with all local responders at the shooting at Dennis Intermediate School. We will continue to work with the school and Superintendent Jennifer McCormick to do everything possible to assist the community and support all those impacted by this terrible unfolding situation.” 

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued this statement:

“Today a shooting at an Indiana school occurred. State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick is in contact with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana State Police, and Governor Holcomb and is actively monitoring the situation. We have full confidence in Richmond Community Schools’ Superintendent Todd Terrill and his team, law enforcement, and first responders. The Department stands ready to provide guidance and support, and we will provide further statements as information unfolds.”

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