The shooting happened at the Austin-East Magnet High School, and a police statement states that “multiple victims were reported, including a police officer.”
Although it was initially reported that several people were dead, including a police officer, new reports show that one person was killed and several wounded.
According to local police, a police officer was wounded when he confronted an armed assailant who entered the school.
It is unknown at this time what the condition of the wounded is.
Also, there is no report on the perpetrator of the crime. Local media report that one person was detained in connection with the shooting.
Police also said that the investigation is still ongoing, and television reports show police officers and firefighters surrounding the school in the eastern part of Knoxville, Tennessee.
School principal Bob Thomas stated that the school building was safe and that all students who found themselves after the shooting left the building and were with their parents.
Citizens are advised to avoid the area where the shooting took place.
A wave of mass shootings in the United States
Reuters reminds that America has been hit by a wave of mass shootings since mid-March.
Last week, one person was killed and six were injured in a shooting at an office building in Texas, where the attacker worked.
Eight people were killed and one was wounded on March 17 in three shootings in Atlanta, for which a 21-year-old man is suspected.
A few days later an armed assailant he killed ten people, including one police officer, in a shooting that occurred at a supermarket in the town of Boulder in the US state of Colorado. Among the victims was a nine-year-old boy, but also a young man of Serbian origin, Neven Stanisic.