Three Injured in Shooting at Idaho Middle School
Three people were injured and a suspect was taken into custody on Thursday morning following an active-shooter event at Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho.
Two students (one boy and one girl) and an adult school custodian sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and are in stable condition, said Idaho Falls Fire Department spokesperson Kerry Hammon. The adult was treated and released, while the two students stayed the night at the hospital.
According to the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office, a sixth grade female student took a handgun from her backpack and began shooting just after 9 a.m. Two people were shot in the hallway, and one was shot outside, said the sheriff’s office. According to ABC News, a teacher disarmed her and restrained her until law enforcement arrived. The incident was recorded on the school’s security system.
Police were called to the school at about 9:15 a.m., and multiple law enforcement agencies responded. According to Bonneville County Sheriff Bryan Lovell, a full investigation was still in progress. Officials have yet to determine the motive for the shooting, as well as where the student acquired the weapon.
Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Taylor said that after the investigation is complete, the suspect will face “appropriate” charges, potentially including three counts of attempted murder.
“This is the worst nightmare a school district could ever face,” said Chad Martin, Jefferson School District Superintendent. “We prepare for it, but we’re never truly ready for it.”