Police: Suspect shoots dead 2 at Olathe East High School in Kansas, suspect in custody

OLATHE, Kansas — A suspect shot dead and wounded a school resource officer and an administrator at a high school in suburban Kansas City on Friday, authorities said.

The shooting occurred in the “office area” of Olathe East High School, Olathe Police said in a tweet. A suspect has been taken into custody, police said, and there are no reports of students being injured.

The police initially gave no information on the identity of the suspect or a motive.

Susan Burgett told The Associated Press she panicked when she heard about a shooting at her 16-year-old daughter Emerson Burgett’s school. Her daughter immediately texted her to let her know she was safe.

“The first thought was to panic and imagine there’s a gunman in the hallway and kids screaming, but thank God that didn’t happen,” she said while waiting to be reunited with her at the scene . “It’s exactly what we’re used to. There’s so much shooting going on all the time that it’s such a sad reality that we have to live with it.”

She said her husband was worried her daughter would have a panic attack, but she didn’t think that would happen because “kids just expect it. You hear about it all the time.”

“It’s scary, but at the same time I want to see my child. That’s the main thing.”

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on site to help with the investigation.

Olathe Public Schools said in a tweet that Olathe East High School, which has an enrollment of 1,900 students, is currently on lockdown due to the situation.

“Please note that law enforcement is on site and the building is secured,” the district said.

Parents were referred to a nearby Family Video Store and Frontier Park to be reunited with their children. Police urged parents and the public to stay away from the school.

Neither the police nor the district immediately responded to a phone call from the AP asking for comment.

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