UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.: "Dennis Intermediate School will not be open for students Friday, Dec. 14, and Monday, Dec. 17. All other Richmond Community Schools will be open," schools officials posted on the district Facebook page.
“The event today at Dennis Intermediate School was an isolated incident. We will have extra law enforcement presence at all building. If you plan to keep your children home tomorrow, we understand,” the social media post reads.
UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m.:
Authorities searched a home on SW 16th Street they believe is the residence of the boy killed in the school shooting, according to media reports. Indiana State Police would not confirm those media reports.
The 14-year-old male suspect, whose identity has not been released, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and no other students were harmed, authorities said during a press conference this afternoon.
“Today is a tragic day in Richmond,” said Richmond Mayor David Snow.
Authorities are crediting a phoned-in tip that alerted officers to the potential threat and being able to respond in time to prevent a mass school shooting.
The teen suspect arrived at the school with a gun and was confronted by officers from Richmond, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police.
The next post came 24 minutes later, stating: “There has been an active shooter situation at Dennis Intermediate School” and the building is secure.
Again 32 minutes later, the district posted that students were safe and only the suspect was injured.
Dennis students were transported to Richmond High School and parents were directed to pick up their children at the nearby Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, which is on the high school’s campus on Hub Etchison Parkway.
Once all Dennis students are accounted for, we will begin the reunification process. Dennis students will be transported to Richmond High School. Parents will be reunified with their Dennis student at Civic Hall.