Rigby Idaho Middle School sixth grade girl shoots two classmates and teacher during class. Student identified as Idaho Falls local. No known motive.
Two students and one adult were injured, police said. The adult, identified as a school custodian and janitor, Jim Wilson, was treated and released from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, while the two students — one girl and one boy — had non-life-threatening injuries, officials said according to 6abc.
Both will remain in the hospital overnight, and may require surgery, hospital officials said at a press conference. All three were expected to survive. A GoFundme for Jim Wilson come Friday early morning had raised, $15,991.
The sixth grader removed a handgun from her backpack and began firing just after 9 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said at the press conference. Two people were shot in a school hallway, before she moved outside and another person was shot, the sheriff’s office said.
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It remained unclear if the victims had been specifically targeted by the un-named girl. Authorities had yet to release the middle school girl’s age.
Once its investigation is complete, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Taylor told reporters his office will be filing ‘appropriate’ charges, possibly including three counts of attempted murder.
A motive for the shooting is still under investigation, authorities said. The sheriff said he did not know where the student obtained the handgun.
‘This is the worst nightmare a school district could ever face,’ Superintendent Chad Martin said at the press conference. ‘We prepare for it, but we’re never truly ready for it.’
‘They were pounding on our door’
The school district won’t be holding classes on Friday, Martin said, but there will be counselors offering support at the local high school.
A sixth grader at the school, Lucy Long, told KIFI she heard pounding on her classroom’s door and then two gunshots, followed by screams, running in the hallway and a third gunshot that sounded farther away.
‘I was really scared,’ the child said. ‘I almost started crying, but I was trying to help my other friends that were crying feel better.’
‘We were so worried that someone was going to come in after they were pounding on our door, like they were going to try to get in and hurt us,’ she said.
Students were moved to a nearby high school following the incident, which was caught on the middle school’s security system, the sheriff said.
The name of the student has not been released. The sheriff said she lives in nearby Idaho Falls and attended the middle school in Rigby.