An Indiana teen apparently planning to shoot up a middle school took his own life during a gun battle with cops Thursday morning, according to reports.
Cops in Richmond, 70 miles east of Indianapolis, raced to Dennis Intermediate School around 8:20 a.m. after getting a tip that the suspect intended to attack the school, reported WHIO-TV Channel 7, citing authorities.
Officers and the suspect arrived at the school around the same time, and a shootout ensued outside the building, according to the Indianapolis Star.
With cops closing in, the suspect — whose name wasn’t immediately revealed — went inside the school, which had already been placed on lockdown, the paper reported.
A second gun battle broke out in a stairwell, and the cornered teen shot himself dead, reports said.
No other injuries were reported, and authorities are probing the incident.
“The police response was exactly as it should have been,” Indiana State Police Chief Jim Branum told the Star. “Everybody here was prepared for a confrontation.”
The harrowing incident, which took place just as some kids were arriving for classes, left parents distraught.
“It was terrifying. My daughter had just walked in, and I thought she would be a target in our hallway,” mom Pam Sexton told the paper. “I’m still shaking. I can see it on the news, but it’s scary when it’s your own baby.”
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