Knoxville mass shooting updates – Multiple gunshot victims including one cop reported at Tennessee school

Multiple gunshot victims have been reported after a gunman opened fire at a Tennessee high school -including one police officer.

Police in Knoxville, Tennessee said on Monday they were responding to reports of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School.

Knoxville police said on Twitter: "Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer.

"The investigation remains active at this time."

Authorities did not say if the gunman had been taken into custody but the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that one person had been detained in connection with the shooting.

Follow the latest news and updates on the Knoxsville school shooting by following our live coverage below…

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    KNOXVILLE SHOOTING: GOVERNOR ASKS AMERICANS TO PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED

    Governor Bill Lee mentioned the shooting at a news conference but said he had little information.

    "I just wanted to make reference to that and ask, for those who are watching, online or otherwise, to pray for that situation and for the families and the victims that might be affected by that in our state," he said.

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    DETAILS ABOUT SHOOTING REMAIN VAGUE

    Details about the shooting remained sketchy and news outlets showed numerous police and emergency vehicles at the scene.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it was sending agents to the scene.

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    KNOXSVILLE SHOOTING COMES AS BIDEN PLANS TO EXPAND GUN CONTROL

    Today's shooting in Tennessee comes on the heels of President Joe Biden unveiling proposals to expand gun control.

    Biden branded gun violence an "epidemic" and an "international embarrassment" during his April 8

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    KNOXSVILLE INCIDENT IS THE FOURTH MASS SHOOTING TO HAVE UNFOLDED IN THE US SINCE MARCH

    A string of mass shootings have unfolded across the United States since mid-March.

    Last week a man opened fire at the cabinet-making plant in Texas where he worked, killing one person and wounding six others before he was taken into custody.

    Eight people were slain at Atlanta-area spas, 10 people at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, and four people, including a 9-year-old boy at a real estate office in Orange, California.

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    BREAKING: ONE PERSON CONFIRMED DEAD

    Authorities have confirmed one person died as the result ofthe shooting.

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    SEVERAL HURT IN TENNESSEE SCHOOL SHOOTING, SAY POLICE

    Several people were shot on Monday at a school in Knoxsville, Tennesee, including a police officer, police said.

    "Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation remains active at this time. Please avoid the area," the Knoxville Police Department said on Twitter.

    It said the shooting occurred at Austin-East Magnet High School, without providing further details about the condition of the victims.

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    KNOXVILLE MASS SHOOTING: POLICE SAY REUNIFICATION CENTRE IS SET UP BEHIND THE SCHOOL

    The cops said a reunification site has been set up at the baseball field behind Austin-East High School near Wilson and S. Hembree.

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    SOME MEMBERS OF STAFF ARE STILL INSIDE BUILDING – REPORTS

    Some members of staff are still inside the building, according to local media outlets.

    Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie spoke to WVLT and said: "I’m walking up to the scene now, all I can say is pray."

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    LARGE POLICE PRESENCE AT SCENE

    Three helicopters are currently on the scene and local reporters said that there was a large police presence, with officers confirming that multiple agencies were at the location.

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    INJURED POLICE OFFICER 'EXPECTED TO BE OK' FOLLOWING GUNSHOT WOUNDS

    Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon confirmed that she spoke to the police officer who was injured, who has not yet been named, and that he is expected to be OK, but will need to undergo surgery.

    Kidcannon said that the officer was in "good spirits."

    A source with knowledge of the situation told Knox News that the situation is no longer "active" and one person has been detained.

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    KNOXSVILLE SHOOTING: SCHOOL WAS PLACED UNDER 'HARD LOCKDOWN' FOLLOWING INCIDENT

    Local 10 News reports the school has been placed under a "hard lockdown" following the shooting at the Austin-East Magnet High School.

    Parents have been advised to go to the back of the campus to pick up their children.

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    KNOXVILL SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT STATEMENT

    Knoxville schools superintendent Bob Thomas said on Twitter: "Knox County Schools is responding to a shooting that occurred this afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School.

    "We are gathering information about this tragic situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible.

    "The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families."

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    ONE PERSON ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

    Authorities did not say if the gunman had been taken into custody.

    However the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports one person has been detained in connection with the shooting.

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    TENNESSEE GOVERNOR: SITUATION 'DIFFICULT AND TRAGIC' BUT DOES NOT GIVE FURTHER DETAILS

    Tennessee governor Bill Lee said the situation was "very difficult and tragic" but could not give further details.

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    NO IMMEDIATE INFORMATION ON GUNMAN, MAY STILL BE AT LARGE

    There was no immediate information on the assailant, including whether they were still at large.

    City authorities instructed families to gather at a baseball stadium near the school.

    "The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families," tweeted Bob Thomas, the Knox County schools superintendent.

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    BUILDING REMAINS SECURE BUT MANY HURT IN 'TRAGIC SITUATION'

    Bob Thomas, the superintendent of Knox County Schools, tweeted later Monday that a shooting had occurred but the building had been secured.

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

    He added in a separate tweet that authorities were gathering information and about this tragic situation" and that additional information would be provided later.

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    PEOPLE URGED TO STAY AWAY FROM AREA BY POLICE

    Police urged people to avoid the area, adding a reunification site had been set up on a baseball field behind the school for students to be reunited with family.

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