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At least three people, including the suspected gunman, were killed inside a Missouri high school Monday morning, police officials said. 

The shooting happened at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, according to district officials.

Lt. Col. Michel Sack, commissioner of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, confirmed that one adult and one female were among the victims of the tragedy.

‘One adult female was pronounced at a local hospital, I believe that was from gunfire,’ Sack said. 

‘We have one teenage female remaining here at the scene, she’s also been pronounced as a result of wounds she received from gunfire,’ he continued. 

In addition to those killed, Sack said during a press conference confirmed that there were eight transports to nearby hospitals stemming from the incident. 

It’s unclear how many of those who were taken to the hospital had injuries that stemmed from gunfire, just that they suffered ‘a variety’ of issues, ‘from trample injuries to gunshots.’ 

It had previously been reported by the district that just two individuals had been shot and taken to the hospital. 

This was the scene outside of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis Monday morning after a gunman opened fire and killed two people

This was the scene outside of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis Monday morning after a gunman opened fire and killed two people 

Police could be seen pulling students who had run from the school after a man opened fire

Police could be seen pulling students who had run from the school after a man opened fire 

Students were less than four hours into the school day when they were evacuated due to an active shooter in the building

Students were less than four hours into the school day when they were evacuated due to an active shooter in the building

Armed officers approached the scene with caution after an unidentified suspect shot two students. District officials said that officers were able to quickly stop the shooter

Armed officers approached the scene with caution after an unidentified suspect shot two students. District officials said that officers were able to quickly stop the shooter

The police official said officers were called to the school around 9am and responded within minutes. 

Sack said that as students were running out of the building, several told police officers that the suspect was inside and had a ‘long gun.’ 

‘As kids were fleeing out of the building, they talked to some of the kids who told them that there was a shooter armed with a long gun,’ Sack said during the press conference. 

The officers then entered the school, located the shooter, and fatally shot the suspect, he continued. 

‘There was an exchange of gunfire’ after the officers had located the suspect, the commissioner stated.

He also said that it’s unclear at this time how the suspect got in. 

‘The doors were locked’ said Sack. 

During the press conference after the shooting, district officials also spoke, telling media that they are working with the families of the victims and send their condolences. 

At this time, the suspect has not been positively identified.

‘This is a day of tragedy,’ said Dr. Kelvin R. Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools.  

‘I’m stressed and I’m heartbroken, I’m heartbroken for these families,’ said one school district official. ‘Our children shouldn’t have to experience this.’ 

The group also applauded the quick work of the officers who ‘ran to that gunfire’ inside of the school. 

‘I do believe that quick actions saved lives,’ one police official said.

In addition to the adult and the  female student who were killed, police confirmed that there were at eight other transports to nearby hospitals. Law enforcement did not confirm, however, how many of those injuries were related to the gunfire

In addition to the adult and the  female student who were killed, police confirmed that there were at eight other transports to nearby hospitals. Law enforcement did not confirm, however, how many of those injuries were related to the gunfire

‘Police are on site at Central Visual and Performing Arts this morning following reports of an active shooter and both CVPA and Collegiate are on lockdown,’ St. Louis Public Schools tweeted out Monday morning. 

The post from the district says that the ‘shooter was quickly stopped by police inside CVPA.’

The two students who were shot were taken to the hospital immediately following the incident. 

Their conditions at this time are unknown. 

As of just before 11am Eastern Standard Time, officials were still evacuating students from the school.

Those students were taken to ‘safe and secure’ sites. 

‘We will send information on where parents can reunite with students,’ the district said. 

Students were evacuated from the school Monday after a shooter entered the building and injured two children

Students were evacuated from the school Monday after a shooter entered the building and injured two children 

Panicked students and staff ran to police and EMS officials at the scene where two students were shot

Panicked students and staff ran to police and EMS officials at the scene where two students were shot 

The school district asked officials Monday to avoid the area of S. King’s Highway to Arsenal Street ‘until further notice.’ 

‘This investigation is ongoing.’ 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.  

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