Topline

A student at a Tennessee high school was shot and killed by police officers Monday afternoon after he opened fire at them, the latest in a string violent incidents across the U.S. in recent weeks.

Key Facts

The Knoxville 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.

After arriving at the scene, officers located the suspected gunman in a school bathroom, where he refused to comply with orders to leave, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

When officers entered the restroom, the student shot an officer in the upper leg, prompting police to fire back.

The student, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the injured officer—who is expected to recover—was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Police have not yet released details about why the student fired at officers, why he was in the bathroom or why he brought a gun into the school.

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