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TIMELINE: 1 injured, 1 in custody after shooting at Fern Creek High School

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say one person has been shot and one person has been taken into custody after a shooting at Fern Creek High School Tuesday. Officials say the shooting happened in a classroom and a male student was taken to University Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The school was placed on lockdown after students reported seeing a gun.

Timeline

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

What happened

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. 

Other schools

Fern Creek Elementary was also on lockdown Tuesday afternoon -- dismissal had been delayed until LMPD cleared the area. According to police spokesperson Alicia Smiley, Fern Creek Elementary students began dismissing at the scheduled time, but bus service was delayed. Smiley says students who walk home were allowed to do so at the scheduled time.

St. Gabriel School was also placed on lockdown due to the situation. The school dismissed at the regularly scheduled time of 2:45 with police on scene to assist. Students cars were directed north onto Bardstown Road, according to parents. 

Reaction

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:

Dear Parents,

At approx. 1:00 Fern Creek High School went under lockdown procedures, as it was believed there was a weapon in the building. Teachers were notified to institute lockdown procedures with their classrooms. They did so without incident. It is a frightening scenario for any school or parent to have a situation like this to occur during the school day. All students and teachers remained safely in their classrooms until the building was thoroughly searched and secured by local law enforcement. We understand the great anxiety and fear that a situation like this can produce. We want you to know that teachers followed our safety plan procedures exactly as we have drilled and students and teachers behaved admirably under the circumstances.

At this point, LMPD is under control of the situation. Once the building is released back to me, we will dismiss car rider students from Fern Creek Park. Regular bus transportation will be provided to our kids once we regain a secure status. As of 2:20 pm, I do not have a specific time for dismissal.

Nate Meyer, Ed.D.

Principal, Fern Creek Traditional High School

Ph: 502.485.8251 FX: 502.485.8032

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