Several injured in Knoxville, Tennessee shooting shooting, police said

Several people were shot Monday at a school in Knoxville, Tennessee, including a police officer, police said.

“Several victims of the shooting were reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation is still ongoing right now. Avoid the area,” Knoxville police said on Twitter.

It is said that the shooting occurred at Austin-East Magnet High School, without providing further information about the victims’ condition.

There was no immediate information about the attacker, including whether they were still free.

City officials instructed families to gather at a baseball stadium near the school.

“The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families,” tweeted Bob Thomas, the school principal in Knox County.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said the situation was “very difficult and tragic” but could not provide further details.

The United States has been plagued by school shootings since the April 1999 massacre in Columbine, Colorado.

Monday’s shooting in Tennessee comes on the heels of President Joe Biden revealing proposals to extend gun control.

Biden branded gun violence as an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment” during his April 8 speech.

(AFP)