UPDATE: Police say a 17-year-old student was shot and injured by police Monday morning after the student pointed a weapon at the officer at Waukesha South High School.
A school resource officer responded about 10:15 a.m. when told a student had a handgun at the school.
When the officer responded, he attempted to secure the classroom and get the other students to safety, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
Waukesha police officers and sheriff’s deputies also responded, where they attempted to get the student to turn over the gun.
“The suspect would not remove his hands from his pocket and continued to ignore officers commands,” Jack said. “The suspect removed the handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. An officer was forced to discharge his firearm, striking the suspect.”
Officers immediately began lifesaving measures, Jack said.
The remaining students were evacuated from the classroom and the school was put on lockdown for about an hour.
“My heart started pounding, I was so scared,” said one student who heard the gunshots. “Everyone around me was like, there’s no way this is real. It was just scary.”
It was a traumatic day, as parents arrived to make sure their kids were safe.
“I got in my car immediately and headed here, this is a parent’s worst nightmare,” said one mother. “It’s Waukesha you don’t think it’s going to happen here, so I’m just glad that [my daughter is] safe but it’s very scary and these kids are going to have a lot to process going forward.”
The School District of Waukesha’s superintendent said he expects students will go back to class as early as Tuesday, but right now they’re working on how that will happen.
“The safety and security of our entire school community is our top priority,” Todd Gray said. “We will be reviewing the situation and working with our students and staff and Waukesha Police Department to allow our students to resume learning tomorrow. We will have additional resources on hand for any student as they begin to process the events of today.”
The officer who shot the student is an 11-year-veteran of the police department.
The student is in stable condition at a local hospital. No officers or students were injured.
Police are still outside Waukesha South High School with crime scene tape surrounding one entrance. Students have all been released to head home after the shooting incident #WKOW pic.twitter.com/jxWd1fRJ1j
— Jennifer Kliese (@jenniferkliese) December 2, 2019
Gov. Tony Evers responded to the incident in a statement released Monday afternoon.
“My heart is with the students, educators, and staff of Waukesha South High School and the entire Waukesha community as they mourn and endure the trauma of today’s shooting. I am grateful for our educators and first responders who worked quickly to keep our kids safe and ensure no one else was injured,” he said.
My heart is with the students, educators, and staff of Waukesha South High School and the entire Waukesha community as they mourn and endure the trauma of today’s shooting. 1/6
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) December 2, 2019
UPDATE (WKOW) — An officer shot a student inside Waukesha South High School Monday morning.
The gunshots followed the officer confronting the student around 10 a.m., WISN is reporting when an SRO learned the student had a gun prior to the encounter.
Witnesses reported hearing at least three gunshots.
A lockdown at the school lifted after about 90 minutes.
WAUKESHA (WKOW) — Waukesha South High School is under lockdown and Waukesha police are at the building.
Officers said a “critical incident” occurred at the school, but did not elaborate further.
The building is safe and secure. The suspect is in custody
— WaukeshaPD (@WaukeshaPD) December 2, 2019
“The building is safe and secure,” the department posted on Twitter. “The suspect is in custody.”
Police said they are not looking for anyone else. Officers called the scene “stabilized” and said they are investigating.
This is an isolated incident. We are not seeking anybody else we have no other persons of interest. We are in the investigative stage right now as the scene is stabilized
— WaukeshaPD (@WaukeshaPD) December 2, 2019
Authorities have not yet said if anyone is hurt.
“Waukesha South HS on lockdown after large police response,” WISN said in a tweet.
This is a developing story. Photo courtesy WISN.
— WISN 12 NEWS (@WISN12News) December 2, 2019