Six people, including four pupils, were killed by a gunman at a US high school, authorities said today. A teacher and a security guard also died.
One of the dead pupils at Red Lake High School in Minnesota was a boy believed to be the gunman, said FBI spokesman Paul McCabe.
Before yesterday’s mid-afternoon shootings, a man and a woman were shot in their home and died later. Red Lake Fire Director Roman Statley said the couple shot were the gunman’s grandparents.
Stateley told several media outlets that the grandfather was a police officer whose guns may have been used in the incident.
Mr McCabe would not talk about a possible connection between the suspect and the couple killed at the home. He confirmed that the dead pupils were all in one room, but refused to comment on reports that the boy shot himself.
Tom Lyons, chief deputy for Beltrami County, said up to 14 other people were injured at the school.
The building was evacuated after the shootings and locked down for investigation, McCabe said.
“It will probably take us throughout the night to really put the whole picture together,” he said.
Red Lake High School, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, has about 300 pupils, according to its website.
The reservation is about 240 miles north of Minneapolis. It is home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.