RICHMOND — Indiana State Police say a teenage suspect in a shooting incident at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police confirm that shortly after 8 a.m. the Richmond Police Department dispatch center alerted area law enforcement agencies of a potential violent act that could occur at Dennis Intermediate School, according to a news release. Officers from multiple agencies responded to the school, which had already been placed on lockdown.
As officers arrived, they confronted the teenage suspect outside the school who then reportedly shot out the glass of a locked entry door to the school, and ran inside with police officers in pursuit. The suspect, once in the school, and being pursued, exchanged gunfire with police officers.
The teenage suspect died as the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No officers were injured and it has not been determined if the suspect was wounded by police.
Police note that due to the result of "advance notification of the potential for a violent act at the school," the school had initiated a lockdown procedure which "clearly prevented injury to students and faculty even though the suspect was able to enter the school."
Shooting Incident at the Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond; Suspect is Deceased, No Students Injured https://t.co/Rlh9lL9lth Shooting Incident at the Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond; Suspect is Deceased, No Students Injured— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) December 13, 2018
NEWS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT:Related to the school shooting earlier today resulting in the death of only the suspect, at 1:30 p.m. EST today there will be an outdoor news conference on the west side of the Dennis Intermediate school located at 222 NW 7th St., Richmond, IN.— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) December 13, 2018
Update to Ricmond Dennis Middle school shooting event:• All Students are safe and are presently at Richmond High School and are being released to parents in groups of 20 • Please be patient - plans for a news conference are in progress— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) December 13, 2018