Let’s start with the children are OK and no one in the school was injured.
An armed man was shot after attempting to enter the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday, at 12:20 PM local time. He was unable to gain entry into the section of the school building where the students were, due to the interior double security doors. After failing to get past the inside doors, he reportedly opened fire at the building a few times.
The suspect then got into his pickup truck and was stopped by police a short distance away. He got out of his truck while holding his gun in his hand, and a police officer shot him, critically wounding the suspect.
Update: The shooter was identified as a member of the local Jewish community and a former student of the school. Neighbors say he struggled with mental health issues, according to a local news report. The man’s father, a doctor who also struggled with mental health issues, had been killed by cops 20 years ago, when he was carrying a gun and surrounded by police, according to a member of the community.
BREAKING: Earlier this afternoon there was an active shooter at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis, Tennessee.
– The shooter, pictured in the image below, fired off between 2-4 shots from a hand gun shortly after entering the building at approximately 1:30PM
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The school released a statement, “We can confirm that no one has been hurt in any way, and everyone is now safe, thank G-d. Please look out for further communication with additional information to come. In the meantime, our campus is completely closed. We thank you for your understanding,”
A press release has been sent from Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis, Tennessee after reports of shots fired. pic.twitter.com/CO4zUBq0D1
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