NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – An Indiana middle school student is in critical but stable condition after authorities have revealed that her classmate. The injured 13-year-old student's family published a statement that she was well at the Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.
"Our daughter, Ella Whistler, was involved in a horrible shooting at her school today. The next few days and weeks are spent processing what happened and why, but first we wanted to tell her that she was at Riley Hospital Children are fine, "says CBS Indianapolis Affiliate WTTV.
He added, "We also want to thank the first responders, the Noblesville police, the Indiana state police, and Riley's medical staff and surgeons."
On Friday, a science teacher was injured at the school. His quick intervention was credited with saving lives. The shooter, who had been asked to be released from the class before he returned with his gun, was arrested "extremely fast" after the incident around 9 pm Friday at Noblesville West Middle School, police chief Kevin Jowitt said.
The authorities did not release his name and did not say if he had been in trouble before, but hinted that he was probably acting alone.
Seventh grader Ethan Stonebraker said the shooter behaved suspiciously when he entered the classroom to test. He said the science teacher, the 29-year-oldhas probably averted a disaster.
"Our science teacher immediately rushed to him, knocked a gun out of his hand and knocked him down, Stonebraker said," If it had not been for him, surely more of us would have been injured. "[1
" It's just a shock that he would do something like that, "Stonebraker said.
The attack came a week after an attack on a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killing eight students and two teachers and months after the school attack killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. The Florida attack inspired students at this school and others across the country to demand more restrictions on access to weapons.
Seaman's brother, Jeremy Seaman, told Indianapolis Star that his brother was shot three times and underwent surgery. He said he was aware of the shooting and talked to his wife and told her he was fine.
Jason Seaman, who lives in Noblesville, was in good shape Friday night, police spokesman Lt. Bruce Barnes. The officer said the alleged shooter did not appear to be injured.
Jeremy Seaman, who now lives in Arizona, said his brother is a defensive end to the Southern Illinois University football team and has never been a runaway person. 19659002] Hours after the shooting, police officers closed part of an upscale neighborhood in Noblesville, but did not wonder if the suspect was living there. Sandy McWilliams, a member of a nearby landscaping team, said six officers carrying assault rifles entered a home.
Students were taken to Noblesville High School High School where hundreds of parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them  The authorities pointed to a quick and heroic reaction in the school, but did not confirm that the teacher was serving Pupil or described the role of the resource officer stationed in the school.
When He Was Asked to Explain His Praise The response said Doug Carter, Indiana State Police superintendent, "Wait until we can tell you the story one day, and you'll be proud of it." [218.952] Eighth-grader Chris Navarro said he was in an auditorium, he heard several shots about a minute before the bell rang for changing classes.
"The speaker came in and said that we were on the block and people were falling in and we went to the back of the room and I went to this little room on the back w with three other people," he said calmly between his Parents when they picked him up.
Jennifer Morris, one of the worried parents who rushed to have her children, seemed slightly dazed and said she was at work. An old son sent a text message about the shooting and stunned her.
"He said," I'm OK, please come and get me. "That was probably 20 minutes after it happened," Morris said. "It's like a bad dream, I do not know how you go through the kids, it's not what you're being trained for as a parent."
Gov. Eric Holcomb, who returned from a trip to Europe on Friday, made a statement informing him and other leaders about the situation and providing 100 state police officers to work with local law enforcement agencies.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this terrible situation, "Holcomb said.
Noblesville, located about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is home to about 50,000 people, and the middle school has about 1,300 grade 6 students The academic year of the school should end next Friday.
Indiana's Senate Democrats issued a statement in response to Friday's shootout, expressing their condolences to the victims and calling for action to prevent them Shootings, including weapon restrictions.