St. Louis school shooter was carrying an ‘AR-15-style’ gun and 600 rounds

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The shooter who delicate two and wounded seven others at a St. Louis high school this week used an AR-15-style rifle and carried more than 600 rounds of ammunition, a police official said Tuesday.

Orlando Harris, a 19-year-old alumnus of Central High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, had ammunition on a chest shelf and in a bag, and tossed other magazines into a stairwell and hallways, the acting St. Louis, Michael Sack. at a press conference.

“It doesn’t take long to burn a magazine, while looking down a long hallway or up or down a staircase or walking into a classroom,” Sack said. “This could have been a horrible scene. It didn’t, by the grace of God and that the officers were as close as they were,” he said.

Police received the initial call about an active shooter at 9:11 a.m., Sack told reporters Monday. Officers entered the school at 9:15 am and engaged Harris in a shootout at 9:23 am He was shot about two minutes later, Sack said.

Sack also read from a handwritten document Harris left behind: “I have no friends. I have no family. I have never had a girlfriend. I have never had a social life. I have been an isolated loner my entire life,” Harris wrote, adding that it was a “perfect storm for a mass shooter.”

Sack declined to comment on how and where Harris obtained the gun. He has previously said that the school gates were locked before the shooting and that the school has metal detectors.

More than 320,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine

St. Louis officials also identified the two deceased victims: Jean Kuczka, a 61-year-old health and physical education teacher, and Alexzandria Bell, a 15-year-old student.

Kuczka was a lifelong teacher who said she couldn’t “imagine herself in a career other than teaching,” according to an online article. Biography. “I love teaching Health and Physical Education and guiding students to make the right decisions. Respect is my favorite word!”

Kuczka, an avid cyclist, was a scholarship field hockey player at Missouri State University and a member of the school’s 1979 national championship team that was later inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. She leaves behind her husband, five children and seven grandchildren.

He died after stepping between the gunman and his students to protect them, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Bell was a talented dancer, according to CNN. Her friends remembered her as a fun companion who “always kept a smile on her face and made everyone laugh.”

His father, Andre Bell, said he had an outgoing personality and was a member of his school’s junior varsity dance team. “No matter how I felt, I could always talk to her and everything was fine. That was my baby,” he said. according to KSDK.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones (D) said the shooting was indicative of the national “scourge of gun violence” that continues to claim the lives of children. “This is a public health crisis that requires federal action.”

In 2020, Missouri had the fourth highest death rate of firearms per population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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