Another School Shooting in the US, In yet another school shooting spree in the United States, this time in Iowa, a 17-year-old gunman killed one person and injured five others before killing himself.
According to reports, the culprit was a student at Perry High School in the Dallas County hamlet of Perry. The shooting happened on the first day of classes after the winter break. School shootings in Iowa have a lengthy history, dating back to 1984.
Another School Shooting in the US Leaves Two Students Dead
According to police spokesman Mitch Mortvedt, the offender, Dylan Butler, was armed with a rifle and a small caliber pistol. “All indications suggest that he acted alone,” Mortvedt continued. Butler made social media posts just before the shooting.
Five other youngsters and a school employee were among the injured. According to Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante, the first alerting calls came in at 07:37 a.m… Because the incident occurred hours before classes began at 07.55 a.m., there were few students and teachers there, “which I think contributed to a good outcome in that sense,” Infante noted.
“Police officers responded within minutes,” stated Mortvedt. “They immediately made entry and witnessed students and faculty either sheltering in place or running from the school.” Officers also uncovered and deactivated a “rudimentary” explosive device.
Butler, according to Mortdvedt, uploaded many social media posts around the time of the shooting, including a TikTok video from inside a school restroom with the comment “Now we wait,” as well as the song “Stray Bullet” by the German band KMFDM.
The incident occurred just two weeks before the Republican Party’s primary voting in Iowa to select a candidate for the November presidential elections, with former President Donald Trump as the frontrunner.
Vivek Ramaswamy, one of Trump’s opponents, was slated to host a campaign event there on Thursday. “We are praying for the Perry, Iowa community this morning,” he wrote on X (previously Twitter).
Perry is located in central Iowa, about 40 miles northwest of Des Moines, with a population of 7,800. Perry Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Des Moines Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations all responded.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff until Sunday at sunset. That “senseless tragedy has shaken our entire state to the core,” she said.
According to the White House, US President Joseph Biden is keeping an eye on the matter. “It’s only the fourth day of the new year, and we’ve already had another horrifying school shooting.” And we wonder, “When will enough be enough?” Presidential Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre questioned, she said.