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BOISE, Idaho -- A sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot and wounded two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher Thursday, authorities said. The three victims were shot in their limbs and expected to survive, officials said at a news conference.
Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson says the girl pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds inside and outside Rigby Middle School in the small city of Rigby, about 95 miles kilometers southwest of Yellowstone National Park. A female teacher disarmed the girl and held her until law enforcement arrived and took her into custody, authorities said, without giving other details.
Authorities say they're investigating the motive for the attack and where the girl got the gun. Police were called to the school around a. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, and students were evacuated to a nearby high school to be reunited with their parents.
Both of the students who were shot were being held at the hospital, and one of them might need surgery, said Dr. Still, both students were in fair condition and could be released as early as Friday. One of the students had wounds in two limbs and might have been shot twice, he said.
The adult was treated and released for a bullet wound that went through an extremity, the doctor said. Schools would be closed districtwide to give students time to be with their families, and counselors would be available starting Friday, said Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin. Police tape surrounded the school, which has about 1, students in sixth through eighth grades, and small evidence markers were placed next to spots of blood on the ground.
Brad Little said in a statement.
Lucy Long, a sixth-grader at Rigby Middle School, told the Post Register newspaper in Idaho Falls that her classroom went into lockdown after they heard gunshots, with lights and computers turned off and students lined up against the wall. Lucy comforted her friends and began recording on her phone, so police would know what happened if the shooter came in.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Mark Taylor said decisions about criminal charges wouldn't be made until the investigation is complete but that they might include three counts of attempted murder.
Ina student at a high school in Notus fired a shotgun several times. No one was struck by the gunfire, but one student was injured by ricocheting debris from the first shell. Ina student at Rigby Junior High pulled a gun, threatened a teacher and students, and took a year-old girl hostage, according to a Deseret News report. Police safely rescued the hostage from a nearby church about an hour later and took the teen into custody. No one was shot in that incident.
Photographer Natalie Behring contributed from Rigby. This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Yandel Rodriguez's first name and his pronouns.
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