The Knoxville Police Department posted on Facebook that officers responded to reports of a male subject who may have been armed at the school at around 3:15 p.m.

A confrontation at a Tennessee high school that involved police responding to a report of a possible gunman left one person dead and one officer injured, authorities said.

No other people were killed or injured, police said, adding that the scene was secured at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville after the afternoon shooting. Authorities only said that one man died, but added that another person had been detained for further investigation.

The Knoxville Police Department posted on Facebook that officers responded to reports of a male subject who may have been armed at the school at around 3:15 p.m.

“As the subject approached, shots were fired,” the message read. “A Knoxville police officer has been beaten at least once and taken to hospital with injuries that are not expected to be life threatening. A man was pronounced dead at the scene. “

The school was the subject of media reports in February after three students were gunned down over a three-week period. These previous shootings had not taken place at the school, and administrators at the time said students believed the Magnetic Arts School was a safe space, according to an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Knoxville Police Department tweeted that authorities were at the site of the shooting at Austin-East Performing Arts Magnet High School. The online post says an officer from the Knoxville Police Department was reported among the victims.

Bob Thomas, the Knox County Schools Superintendent, tweeted later Monday that a shooting had taken place but the building had been secured.

“The school building has been secured and the students who were not involved in the incident have been handed over to their families,” Thomas said. He added in a separate tweet that authorities were collecting information on “this tragic situation” and that further information to be provided later.

Police urged people to avoid the area, adding that a reunification site had been set up on a baseball field behind the school to allow students to reunite with their families.

Details of the shooting remained sketchy and media showed numerous police and emergency vehicles at the scene.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it was sending officers to the scene.

Governor Bill Lee mentioned the shooting at a press conference, but said he had little information. “I just wanted to refer to this and ask, for those watching, online or otherwise, to pray for this situation and for the families and victims who might be affected by this in our condition,” he said. .

Last week, the Republican governor approved legislation that would make Tennessee the last state to soon allow most adults 21 and older to carry handguns – openly or concealed – without first performing a background check and a training. Lee supported the legislation over objections from law enforcement groups, who argued that the state’s existing licensing system provided an important safeguard as to who should and should not carry a gun.

The law, which does not apply to long guns, will come into effect on July 1. The new measure also increases certain penalties. For example, the theft of a firearm – now a 30-day offense – will become a felony with mandatory six-month jail time. It also provides exceptions for people with certain mental illnesses and criminal convictions.

When asked earlier this year if the recent mass shootings in Georgia, Colorado and other countries gave him timing issues, Lee previously said the increased sentences meant that, in fact, we would strengthen laws that would help prevent gun crime in the future.

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