TIMELINE: 1 injured, 1 in custody after shooting at Fern Creek High School
1:00 pm - Fern Creek High School placed on lockdown after students report seeing gun, shots fired
1:10 pm - LMPD dispatched to Fern Creek High School
1:13 pm - LMPD arrives on scene
1:17 pm - Shooting victim found
1:29 pm - Victim taken to hospital
1:27 pm - LMPD decides to evacuate students via baseball fields
1:31 pm - LMPD decides to route parents to Fern Creek park to pick up students
1:31 pm - Fern Creek Elementary on lockdown
1:37 pm - SWAT and Bomb Squad dispatched to Fern Creek
1:49 pm - LMPD begins evacuating students
2:01 pm - Parents of injured student notified
2:18 pm - Emergency notifications sent out over one-mile radius
2:45 pm - St. Gabriel and Fern Creek Elementary students dismissed
3:04 pm - Fern Creek High School secure
4:07 pm - Suspect in custody
According to LMPD spokesperson Phil Russell, the shooter left the scene immediately after the shooting. As soon as staff became aware of a weapon on campus, the school was locked down until the all clear was given for an evacuation, according to JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey.
Jody Duncan, spokeswoman for MetroSafe dispatch, says the shooting suspect is described as a black male, age 15-16 with a gray hoodie and black pants. A Metro Police officer had previously told WDRB that the suspect is a 16-year-old sophomore at Fern Creek High School.
Russell said that it was "obviously a large crime scene," but called the shooting an "isolated incident." He says law enforcement agencies swept the school immediately following the lockdown.
Jackey said that the parents of the victim were reunited with their child at the hospital as soon as he arrived.
Students were evacuated to Fern Creek Park, where parents were asked to pick up their children using the Bardstown Road entrance.
JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says Fern Creek High School will operate on a normal schedule Wednesday. A crisis team will be in place with counselors who will be made available to students and staff.
“This is senseless, this is unacceptable,” Ben Jackey said outside Fern Creek High School Tuesday afternoon. “This cannot happen in our schools.”
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer sent a short, public statement via Twitter, sending his thoughts on the situation. "My thoughts first are with the injured student, who I hope will recover quickly, and his family,” Fischer said on Twitter. “My thoughts are also with the entire Fern Creek community which has been impacted by this senseless act. Our entire public safety team is working closely with JCPS to apprehend the person responsible for this act of violence."
U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth tweeted a statement as well, saying "My thoughts are with the entire #FernCreek family today. Violence has no place in our schools and communities."
JCPS sent the following letter to parents: