Topline

The Knoxville Police Department said multiple people, including an officer on the force, were shot at a local high school Monday afternoon, the latest in a spree of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent weeks.

Key Facts

The police department and several other agencies responded to a shooting Monday afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School, a public school in East Knoxville known for its magnet performing arts program.

Police said multiple gunshot victims were reported, one of whom is a police officer, but did not share their conditions.

Knox County School Superintendent Bob Thomas said the school building has been “secured” and that students have been released to go home — A reunification site for guardians to pick up their kids was established at the school’s baseball field by police.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, four Austin-East Magnet High School students and recent students have been killed by gun violence this year.

Key Background

The shooting in Tennessee follows mass shootings in TexasSouth CarolinaCaliforniaGeorgia and Colorado in recent weeks. Last week, President Joe Biden called the country’s gun violence “an international embarrassment” and introduced a handful actions his administration plans to take to address the recent uptick in shootings.