An Indiana science teacher was hospitalized the day after he was murdered by an armed student in his classroom, a congressman said Saturday.
Republican US Secretary of State Susan Brooks has posted a video on Twitter featuring Jason Seaman during a visit to Noblesville West Middle School.
"He is this hero teacher who kept the shooter from hurting more young people," Brooks said.
The only other person, pupil Ella Whistler, was in a stable condition, according to her family. They issued an explanation that they were still trying to process "what happened and why."
President Donald Trump sent a tweet to Seaman "on Saturday for his heroic act of saving so many valuable young lives, and his quick and automatic action will speak all over the world!"
Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor from Indiana, also credited the teacher's "brave action" for rescuing life during filming in the suburban Indianapolis school.
"We are all proud of Jason and pray for you and those affected and recover from injuries," Pence said in his own tweet.
Janna Lynas of Noblesville, whose son was coached by Seaman in football, said the teacher was a hero "and everyone here feels it."
"I think it was probably very instinctive with him that many lives were lost, "said Lynas on Saturday.
She said she was not surprised to hear Seaman intervene to rescue students. Lynas said Seaman underlined his character last year as he coached her son.
"He made it very clear: Yes, we will play football, but if your grades are not good, you will not play football," Lynas said.
A student witness, Ethan Stonebraker said the shooter behaved suspiciously when he walked into the classroom on Friday and told ABC News That Seaman threw a basketball on the shooter and ran against the bullets, as screaming students sought cover behind a table.
"If it had not been for him, more of us would surely have been injured," the seventh-grader said.
Jeremy Seaman told the Indianapolis star that his brother had been shot and operated three times, he said Jason Seaman was a defensive end for the football team at Southern Illinois University and was never a runaway person.
Investigators said the shooter had asked to be released from the class before returning with two pistols. He was arrested "extremely fast" after the shootings around 9:00 am, local police chief Kevin Jowitt said.
The authorities did not reveal the student's name or said that he had been in trouble before, but hinted that he was probably acting alone. The police said the student did not seem hurt.
Stonebraker said he knew the alleged gunman. He described him as "a nice kid most of the time" and said he often joked with the classmates. 19659002] "It's just a shock that he would do something like that," Stonebraker said.
Hours after the shootings, police officers closed part of an upscale neighborhood in Noblesville, but did not comment on whether the suspect lived there. Sandy McWilliams, a member of a nearby landscaping team, said six officers carrying assault rifles entered a home.
Students were brought to Noblesville High School High School, where hundreds of parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them  authorities re pushed for a prompt and heroic reaction at school, but did not confirm that Seaman was the student attack or the role of the resource officer stationed in the school.
When asked to explain his praise for the answer, Superintendent Doug Carter said, "Wait until one day we can tell you this story and you'll be proud of it."
The attack came a week After a shoot-out at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, where eight students and two teachers were killed and months after the high school attack 17 people died in Parkland, Florida The Florida attack inspired students there and across the country to have more restrictions to demand access to weapons.
Associated Press reporter Ken Kusmer of Indianapolis and Ed White of Detroit contributed to this report. 19659027]