A shootout at a college in eastern Idaho on Thursday injured two students and a guard, and a male student was taken into custody, authorities said.
The victims’ injuries are not believed to be life threatening, Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson said.
“Today we had the worst nightmare a school district could encounter. We had a school shooting here at Rigby Middle School, ”Jefferson School District Principal Chad Martin said. “What we know so far is that the gunman has been apprehended. There is no longer a threat to the students.
The police were called to the school at around 9.15 a.m. Several security forces were on the scene.
Students were evacuated to a nearby high school and parents lined up to find their children.
Rigby is a small town about 95 miles southwest of Yellowstone National Park. Rigby Middle School has about 1,500 students in grades six to eight, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
“I pray for the lives and safety of those involved in today’s tragic events,” Governor Brad Little said in a prepared statement. “Thank you to our law enforcement and school leaders for their efforts in response to the incident.”
The attack appears to be the second school shooting in Idaho. In 1999, a high school student in Notus fired a shotgun several times. No one was hit by the bullets, but a student was injured by debris ricocheting from the first shell.