The shooter from the St. Louis school carried an “AR-15” type weapon and 600 cartridges

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The shooter who kill two and injured 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 former student of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, had ammunition on a chest rig and in a bag, and threw other magazines down a stairwell and hallways said Acting St. Louis Police Commissioner Michael Sack. during a press conference.

“It doesn’t take long to go through a magazine, because you’re looking down a long hallway or up or down a stairwell or into a classroom,” Sack said. “It could have been a horrible scene. It was not, by the grace of God and that the officers were as close as they were,” he said.

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

Sack also read a handwritten document left by Harris: “I have no friends. I have no family. I never had a girlfriend. I never had a social life. I’ve been a lone loner all my 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 doors were locked before the shooting and that the school is equipped with metal detectors.

More than 320,000 students have been victims of gun violence at school since Columbine

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

Kuczka was a longtime teacher who said she couldn’t “picture herself in any career other than teaching,” according to an online site. Biography. “I love teaching physical education and health and guiding students to make informed 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 Sports Hall of Fame from Missouri. She leaves behind her husband, five children and seven grandchildren.

She died after getting between the shooter and her students to protect them, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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

Her father, Andre Bell, said she 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 him 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 firearms per population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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