(Updated) St. Louis identified the shooting suspect – Officials say he was armed with an AR-15-style rifle during the shooting
On Monday, a shooting at the Central High School of the Performing and Visual Arts in St. Louis killed three people, including the suspect believed to be responsible for the shooting.
Now more details about the victims and suspects have been released.
Based on NBC NewsAt a press conference on Tuesday, police announced that the shooter had been identified as 19-year-old Orlando Harris. It is shared that he is armed with an AR-15-style rifle and more than 600 rounds of ammunition. There is also a note left talking about mass shootings.
Police Chief of St. Louis Mike Sack said,
“He has seven magazines on a chest rig that he wears, he also has eight more magazines in the field bag he carries. This number does not include the magazines he left behind and dumped on the stairs in the corridors along the way. “
Sack went on to share that the situation could have been worse had the officers not arrived at the scene by the time they arrived. It remains unclear how Harris obtained the weapon in hand. However, it was shared that he left a handwritten note on the car he drove to school.
During the press conference, several notes were read. Sack said,
“So reading this we can see some of the things going on in his mind. He feels isolated, feels alone, quite possibly angry and resentful towards other people who to him seem to be healthy relationships and is keen to lash out.”
Sack also encourages people to check out other people saying, “If you know of an individual who appears to be suffering from some kind of mental illness or distress and they start talking about buying a gun or causing harm to others, , we encourage you to contact someone and report it so we can get help for that individual.”
The victims of the shooting were identified as medical teacher Jean Kuczka, 61, and 15-year-old sophomore, Alexzandria Bell.
Like before reported, shortly after the shooting happened, Sack spoke to reporters and shared that one victim was reported dead at a local hospital, and one victim was reported dead. at the scene.
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