Multiple people shot at Austin-East High School in Knoxville – Knoxville News Sentinel

A male juvenile was killed and a police officer wounded Monday afternoon in a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, police and sources say.

The Knoxville Police Department confirmed the fatality in an emailed statement, and the shooting without details on its Twitter account. A medical examiner’s vehicle left the school about 5 p.m.

The source said the wounded police officer is the Austin-East school resource officer. He was shot in the hip and is undergoing surgery, the source told Knox News.

The source also said one person has been detained.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas tweeted the school has been secured.

Neither police nor school officials have taken questions from reporters, or confirmed the number of people shot or their conditions.

Police and emergency workers flooded the neighborhood around 3 p.m., and have blocked off access to the school and parts of the neighborhood.

Knox County Schools has established a reunification site for parents to connect with their children who attend the school. It is at the baseball field behind the school near Wilson Avenue and Hembree Street.

This is a developing story. Please check back for additional reporting.

Knoxville shootings have shaken the Austin-East High School community

In recent months, the shooting deaths of four Knoxville teens have become the rallying cry for community members pushing for an end to gun violence. 

Justin Taylor, a 15-year-old Austin-East student, died Jan. 27 after police say a 17-year-old boy accidentally shot him while they both were inside a car. Investigators quickly arrested the 17-year-old on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Another teenager, 16-year-old Stanley Freeman Jr., was fatally shot on Tarleton Avenue while driving home from school on Feb. 12. Two teenage boys, ages 14 and 16, have been charged with fatally shooting him. 

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Janaria Muhammad, a 15-year-old freshman at Austin-East, was found shot outside the home where she lived on Selma Avenue, on Feb. 16.

Jamarion “Lil Dada” Gillette, 15, died after being shot March 9. A woman found him wounded on Cherokee Trail in South Knoxville, near the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and took the teen to that hospital. He died there early on March 10.

Authorities have not announced any arrests, publicly identified any suspects or disclosed any possible motives in the shootings of Muhammad and Gillette. Police previously said they had no evidence to suggest the shootings of Muhammad, Gillette, Freeman and Taylor were related.

In the emotional weeks after the deaths, the Knoxville City Council approved $1 million budget to help fund the city’s efforts of violence prevention. A first contract, with Cities United, was approved last week. Many applauded the first steps but say much more is needed to combat systemic issues like poverty and unequal education and economic opportunities.