A male student shot and injured a teacher and another student at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday morning, police said.
Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt said the shooting suspect asked to leave a class and returned armed with two handguns. The suspect, who police said appeared to be uninjured, is in custody and has not been identified by police.
The teacher, 29-year-old Jason Seaman, was in “good” condition Friday evening at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, police said. The female student, who was not identified by police, was in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children.
News outlets were reporting that Seaman intervened to stop the shooter, but authorities said they could not confirm that on Friday afternoon.
The Noblesville Police Department has a full-time school resource officer assigned to the school who responded to the incident, Jowitt said. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies also responded to the shooting.
“We do know that the situation resolved extremely quickly,” Jowitt said. “We don’t know what happened in the classroom, so I can’t make any kinds of comments about what [the resource officer’s] involvement was.”
Students were evacuated to Noblesville High School on Friday morning, where families met them.
Jowitt said an additional threat was made at the high school, but they had “no reason to believe it’s anything other than a communicated threat.”
Police continue to investigate. They said they do not believe there are additional suspects. Noblesville Police spokesman Bruce Barnes could not say how the student acquired the guns, but he said search warrants have been issued.
Noblesville West Middle School enrolls about 1,300 students. Noblesville is a suburb of Indianapolis, about 20 miles north in Hamilton County. The district has about 10,500 students.
The frenzied scenes Friday outside the school have become sadly familiar. Already, there have been 23 school shootings in 2018 that involved someone being injured or killed, according to media tallies.
Just last week, 10 people were killed and 13 others were injured in a shooting at Santa Fe High School outside Houston. A student at the school has been arrested and charged.
In February, 17 people — 14 students and three staff — were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a 19-year-old faces multiple charges. The Parkland tragedy set off a wave of student activism across the country — including in Indianapolis — calling for stricter gun control.
“We’ve had these shootings around the country,” said Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. “You just never think it could happen in Noblesville, Indiana. But it did.”
Noblesville Schools Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer praised the “heroic” efforts of school staff and students, saying they followed their training on how to react to an active shooter situation.
Barnes also hinted at the broader trauma that school shootings can have on students and communities.
“We ask for your prayers for the victims in this case,” he said. “I think that would include a lot of kids, not only ones that were truly the victims in this case, but all these other kids that are trying to make sense of this situation.”
Watch the press conference:
Press conference on Noblesville West Middle School shootingPosted by Chalkbeat Indiana on Friday, May 25, 2018
A Chalkbeat reporter is on the scene:
Reports of a shooting at Noblesville West Middle. Cop cars everywhere, buses taking kids away. Bystanders pulled over. A man — a parent? — is running across a field to the school.— Stephanie Wang (@stephaniewang) May 25, 2018
All I’ve heard this morning in Noblesville are sirens. Tons of police cars — state, local, unmarked, FBI, armored vehicle — went flying toward the school.— Stephanie Wang (@stephaniewang) May 25, 2018
This is as close as police would allow me to get to Noblesville West Middle. Helicopter overhead. pic.twitter.com/MsebLahMnG— Stephanie Wang (@stephaniewang) May 25, 2018
A woman stopped me to ask if I was OK and if I was looking for someone. Looks like parents leaving Noblesville West Middle.— Stephanie Wang (@stephaniewang) May 25, 2018
Police say Noblesville West Middle shooting suspect is in custody.— Stephanie Wang (@stephaniewang) May 25, 2018
In a pattern that has become routine, Democratic and Republican politicians offered prayers on Twitter.
Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana. To everyone in the Noblesville community – you are on our hearts and in our prayers. Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders.— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 25, 2018
My team & I are aware of the horrific shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. My prayers are w/the Noblesville community, especially those who are injured & those who witnessed an active shooter situation- something no one should ever have to go through. Especially children.— Susan W. Brooks (@SusanWBrooks) May 25, 2018
My team and I are in touch with the Governor’s office, Lt. Governor’s office & local authorities regarding the reported shooting at Noblesville West Middle School & we have offered our full and complete support. As details continue to develop, please pray for everyone involved.— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) May 25, 2018
Closely monitoring the situation at Noblesville West Middle School. Praying for Noblesville and our whole community. https://t.co/jPGQpZUAGu— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) May 25, 2018
Praying for everyone in the Noblesville community today and thankful for the quick response of our law enforcement. All Hoosiers are hoping those affected make a full recovery. https://t.co/u1ibFRffBv
— Rep. Luke Messer (@RepLukeMesser) May 25, 2018