Multiple victims reported - including a police officer - after a shooting at a Knoxville high school

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Multiple victims reported - including a police officer - in shooting at Knoxville high school

Shooting took place Monday afternoon at Austin-East Magnet School in Knoxville, Tennessee Multiple people suffered gunshot wounds, including Knoxville police officer School was placed on lockdown as a precaution; reunification site for parents has been established Students not involved in incident have been released to their parents, school superintended tweeted  

By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:11 EDT, 12 April 2021 | Updated: 16:54 EDT, 12 April 2021

Multiple people have suffered gunshot wounds, among them a police officer, following a shooting at a Knoxville high school in Tennessee on Monday.

The incident took place at Austin-East Magnet High School at around 3pm.

Multiple agencies converged on the site after the Knoxville Police Department tweeted about the shooting shortly before 4pm.  

Multiple people have been reported shot, among them a police officer, following a shooting at  Austin East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee 

Large number of police officers and first responders arrived on the scene after 3pm 

Officials have set up a reunification site for parent and students behind the school 

Knox County Schools spokeswoman Carly Harrington said the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. It has since been labeled secure. 

A source speaking to Knox News on condition of anonymity said the situation was no longer 'active,' and that one person has been detained. 

The police officer who was shot was reportedly the Austin-East school resource officer. He is being treated for his injuries at an area hospital. 

No information has been immediately released concerning the victims or the suspected gunman.  

Police said a reunification site for parents to pick up their children has been established at the baseball field behind Austin-East High School near Wilson Avenue and Hembree Street.

Police attend a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee

Emergency vehicle, including an ambulance, is pictured at the scene of the school shooting on Monday afternoon in Knoxville 

'The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families,' said KCS Superintendent Bob Thomas. 

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said during a press briefing that he is monitoring the situation closely, and asked for prayers. 

A magnet school is a school with specialized courses or curricula that draws students from various school districts. Austin-East High School includes a magnet school program in performing arts.

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