The shooter who killed one sixth grader and injured five others at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa, was identified as 17-year-old Dylan Butler on Thursday.
Butler, a student at the high school, appeared to have acted alone. He was armed with a pump-action shotgun and a small-caliber handgun. Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of Iowa Department of Public Safety, also mentioned the discovery of an improvised explosive device at the scene.
As The New York Post reported, the gunman “posted an ominous message on TikTok saying ‘now we wait’ shortly before his bloody 7:47 a.m. rampage at Perry High School, according to state police and published reports.”
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds expressed her deep sorrow over the incident.
“Our hearts are heavy today and our prayers are with the Perry community. This senseless tragedy has shaken our entire state to the core.”
Mortvedt provided details about the casualties, including the death of a middle school student and injuries to four other students and a school administrator.
Rita Hart, Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, expressed her concern for the safety of students in schools. Monica M. Gonzalez shared a terrifying account of her daughter’s escape from the gunman at the school cafeteria. Jody Kurth, another parent, described the fear and relief upon learning her children were safe. The Polk County Medical Coordination Center reported that multiple patients from the shooting were being treated at local hospitals.
Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante confirmed the shooter’s death and assured the public that there was no further danger. A student, Carlos, recounted his initial disbelief upon hearing the gunshots. President Joe Biden, according to a White House official, is keeping track of the situation. The ATF and FBI are involved in the investigation.
The Perry Community School District announced the closure of schools following the incident, with counseling services being made available. The shooting occurred on the first day of the second semester, a time when students were returning from winter break. Perry High School, located about 25 miles from Des Moines, serves approximately 1,785 students. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is leading the active shooting investigation.
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