Student brought gun to high school near Kalamazoo, police say

A 17-year-old student at an alternative high school in Michigan brought a gun to school Monday afternoon, less than one day after a shooting killed one person and injured four others in nearby Kalamazoo,…

Student brought gun to high school near Kalamazoo, police say

A 17-year-old student at an alternative high school in Michigan brought a gun to school Monday afternoon, less than one day after a shooting killed one person and injured four others in nearby Kalamazoo, according to police.

The student brought the gun to the Richland Intermediate School District schools in Kalamazoo County and showed it to one other student in the lunch period, Richland School District Superintendent Robyn Conti said at a news conference.

Richland ISD schools, which serves about 9,300 students, are about a mile from Kalamazoo Eastern High School, where a shooting Saturday evening left a man dead and a woman critically injured.

A 16-year-old student in the same building as the student carrying the gun was not hurt and taken to a local hospital for evaluation, Conti said.

Students do not face school suspension for bringing guns to school, but the student in question was immediately taken into custody, Conti said.

Conti said she could not talk about the student’s motivations because of confidentiality laws, but that he planned the day of the incident, including buying a knife at a store.

Conti would not release the name of the student or say if the boy had been in trouble before.

Shortly after 1 p.m., Richland-Augusta ISD police officers responded to a call of an assault at the school, but the nature of the assault is not clear, Conti said. Officers told students to shelter in place as they investigated, she said.

Later Monday afternoon, police were called to investigate a school shooting, but it turned out to be a false alarm, Conti said.

Conti told CNN that neither Kalamazoo police nor the school system knew about the student’s gun until a police officer in Richland County showed up to investigate the false alarm. Kalamazoo police did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

Kalamazoo police are still investigating the weekend shooting, the city’s police chief Jeff Hadley told CNN.

The case is under investigation, and no arrests have been made. Hadley said officials will be talking to students and family members.

“Obviously, a tragedy is unfolding here,” Hadley said.

Despite the weekend shooting and Monday’s incident, Kalamazoo East High School remains open, Kalamazoo Public Schools spokesman Michael Rumsey said. The school district has a practice that includes blocking all incoming emergency communications until all students are accounted for, he said.

Kalamazoo Eastern High School is about 20 miles from Richland ISD schools, the school district said.

Conti said no school events were cancelled. “The safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” she said.

Additional details about the weekend shooting were not immediately available.

According to reports, Jason Dalton, 45, was driving around firing at people before the shootings. An 18-year-old woman and two children, ages 14 and 15, were shot in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. The 15-year-old and 14-year-old were hospitalized in critical condition; the older victim died from her injuries.

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