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Shots at high school in the USA: One person dead - Governor calls situation "very difficult and tragic"

2021-04-13T05:49:53.121Z

Shots broke out at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. One person died in the process.



Shots broke out at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

One person died in the process.

Knoxville - A schoolboy was killed by a police bullet on Monday in an exchange of fire at a school in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Criminal Investigation Department (TBI) announced on Monday evening (local time) that police officers had been called to Austin-East Magnet High School over reports of a possibly armed person in a toilet facility.

Shots at high school in the USA: One person dead - situation "very difficult and tragic"

When the officers entered the facility, the suspect fired shots and shot a police officer.

One of the police officers returned fire and fatally hit the student.

The injured officer was therefore taken to a hospital.

There are no other victims from gunshot wounds.

At first there was talk of several injuries.

The TBI said the investigation into the incident was ongoing.

The school building was evacuated and secured, as announced by the school authorities of the Knox district.

Previously, residents had been asked to avoid the Austin-East Magnet High School area.

Governor Bill Lee said the situation was "very difficult and tragic".

Again and again shots at schools in the USA - Biden describes gun violence as an "epidemic"

The United States is repeatedly rocked by deadly gun attacks in schools.

At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teenagers shot and killed twelve classmates and a teacher in 1999.

In February 2018, a 19-year-old boy opened fire at his previous school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.

US President Joe Biden * only last week called the gun violence in the United States a "plague" and "eyesore" for the country.

He presented several ordinances to curb gun violence.

Stricter rules are to be enacted for so-called ghost weapons, which can be assembled by the users themselves and have no serial numbers.

New specifications should also apply to upgraded pistols.

At the same time, Biden called on Congress to take further measures by law.

Among other things, the president demands a ban on the sale of assault rifles and more extensive background checks for gun buyers.

However, it is still very uncertain whether a majority will be found in Congress.

Attempts by the Democrats * to tighten gun laws have repeatedly failed in recent decades.

The powerful gun lobby NRA has many allies in Congress, especially among the Republicans *.

In the state of Minnesota on Sunday (local time) in the small town of Brooklyn Center, a police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old black man after a traffic stop *.

Then there were again demonstrations.

(ph / dpa / afp) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

Source: merkur

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