2 suspects arrested in Richfield school shooting

Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne said during a press conference that two students were shot; one died and one is in critical condition.

Police respond to the scene of a shooting Tuesday outside of the South Education Center in Richfield. (Rebecca Brannon/Twitter)

The ATF’s St. Paul division confirmed Tuesday afternoon that special agents were responding to reports of a shooting outside a school in Richfield, Minnesota.

The shooting occurred at the South Education Center where a large police presence was gathered. Officers from Hopkins, Edina, St. Louis Park, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office were spotted at the scene.

Richfield Police Chief Jay Henthorne said during a press conference that two students were shot; one died and one is in critical condition. The suspects immediately fled the scene.

According to Crime Watch Minneapolis, dispatch received a report of a shooting around 12:15 p.m. and three EMS rigs were ordered. The suspects were reported to be two Native American males in a beige SUV.

Four people were on a sidewalk outside of the school when the shots were fired and two people were struck, according to Crime Watch. CPR was reportedly being performed on one person at the scene.

Parents began showing up about 20 minutes after the reports were aired and a plan was being put in place to reunite parents with students, Crime Watch reports.

Independent photojournalist Rebecca Brannon was on the scene and observed belongings scattered about a snowbank outside of the school. A helicopter was circling above the scene and school buses began parking in a church parking lot across the street.

Law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two Minneapolis addresses shortly after 6 p.m. and two suspects were arrested, the Richfield Police Department announced. A handgun was also recovered and police are not looking for any additional suspects. Police did not release the names of the suspects.

Richfield Middle School posted a message to parents on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, saying “police and emergency medical support personnel accidentally showed up outside Richfield Middle School in response to an emergency call from the South Education Center.”

“As soon as the mistake was realized, they left for the South Education Center. The officers had weapons drawn and were in bullet-proof vests,” the school said.

Gov. Tim Walz said he was being briefed on the situation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 

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