A Nebraska high school student shot his principal and was later found dead Wednesday afternoon in an incident that unfolded at Millard South High School in Omaha.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the school's principal, Curtis Case, and vice principal, Vicki Kasper, were injured during today's shooting and one was air-lifted to a nearby hospital. No students were injured during the ordeal.
Robert Butler, Jr., a 17-year-old senior, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head in his car a few miles from the school following the shooting, police say.
It remains unclear why Butler, the son of an Omaha Police detective, shot the school officials.
The Associated Press reports that Case is in stable condition and Kasper was in critical condition late Wednesday afternoon.
A 16-year-old student at the school told the AP lunch was just beginning when a school administrator came into the cafeteria, warning students to take cover. "He was like yelling, 'Get in the kitchen! Get in the kitchen!' He was waving his arms. You knew something was wrong and it wasn't a drill," said Laura Olson, who is the daughter of an AP reporter.
Olson, a junior at Millard, estimated the episode took place around 12:45 p.m. The first emergency calls to police were reportedly received around 12:50 p.m.
The school was on lockdown after the shooting, but by 3 p.m., students were being released in groups from the school. Parents were allowed to pick them up at a nearby church.
Millard South High School, a school of about 2,100 student, sits on the west side of Omaha, within the city limits. Last February, one student was expelled after he brought a stun gun to school. As the student went after another, the athletic director stepped in to break up the fight, getting a shock himself.
"We need prayers and we need hugs," Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle said.