A shocking video shows students escaping from a classroom at a St. Louis high school where a gunman entered the school through a locked door and killed a teacher and a student on Monday.
The video, taken from inside a classroom, depicts the chaos caused by the shooter as the daughter of the teacher who was killed revealed that her mother had raised concerns about the safety of the ‘school.
Orlando Harris, 19, used an AR-15 type rifle in the attack and brought more than 600 rounds to the school. Police also found a notebook detailing their desire to carry out the shooting.
Monday’s video shows students in a classroom huddled together after the school principal used a passphrase on the loudspeaker to indicate a shooter was in the school.
The teacher in the room then says “Let’s go guys”, before the students rush out while encouraging each other to “Run!”
Newly revealed video of the shooting shows students in a classroom huddled together after the school principal used a passphrase on the loudspeaker to indicate a shooter was in the school
The students waited to be allowed to leave the classroom and then rushed out into the hallway, where they were directed to the exit while telling each other to “run”.
Jean Kuczka, 61, was a high school physical education teacher and worried about safety issues before he was killed in the shooting.
Alexandria Bell, 16, was killed in the shooting, while four other students were injured
Jean Kuczka, 61, was a high school physical education teacher and her daughter, Abigail, revealed her late mother previously worried about safety after a student from another school smuggled a gun into the building last semester.
“She mentioned that, but other than that she really didn’t think of anything” other concerns, Abigail said.
“I mean, I think people think it’s never going to happen to them,” she added. “She loved her students. I know her students looked at her like she was their mother.
Video taken during the incident shows students hiding in a classroom before being allowed to escape the building and depicts the moment they run for their lives.
Alexandria Bell, a 16-year-old student, was also killed in the shooting, while four other students were injured.
Alexandria’s family confirmed her death on social media, hours after her mother announced in panic that she could not find her.
Police have not disclosed how Harris was able to enter the building and said there were seven security guards, metal detectors and the doors were locked.
He added that Harris had no criminal history and the motive for the shooting was unclear.
Police Chief Michael Sack is seen briefing reporters on Monday after the shooting and said he would not discuss how Harris got into the school.
One of the shooting victims is seen leaving school en route to hospital
This was the scene outside Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis on Monday morning after a gunman opened fire and killed two people.
Students stand in a parking lot near Central Visual & Performing Arts High School after a school shooting
The situation unfolded when the school principal spoke a passphrase into the loudspeaker around 9 a.m., which means that a shooter is inside the school.
At a press conference on Monday, St. Louis Police Chief Michael Sack said, “As the children were fleeing the building, they spoke to some of them who told them that there was a shooter with a long gun.”
Officers then entered the school, located the shooter and shot the suspect, he continued.
“There was an exchange of gunfire” after officers located the suspect,” he said.
After a reporter asked the police commissioner how the shooter got in, Sack replied, “We’re not going to talk about how the suspect got in.”
Taniya Gholston, 16, remembers being in the dance hall when the attacker burst in.
She said she only survived because her gun got stuck.
“I was in the dance hall. All I heard was two shots, I was trying to run and I couldn’t run. And me and him…
“I’m glad I managed to get out of it because his gun got stuck,” she said.
Messiah Miller, 16, center, a junior at Central Visual & Performing Arts High School, prays with his teacher Ray Parks, second from right, following a school shooting Monday in the Southwest Garden neighborhood. “He looked at me, he pointed his gun at me,” Miller said.
People hug in the parking lot of Schnucks Arsenal after a shooting at Central Visual Performing Arts High School in St. Louis on Monday
“I think someone got shot. We saw blood on the floor.
The mother of a student at the school told DailyMail.com that her daughter was in the school group with Harris.
“She said he was quiet,” the mother said. “He used to sit alone in the corner. Very antisocial.’
Congresswoman Cori Bush was also present at the press conference. The Democrat represents the district where St. Louis is located.
“Today is one of those days, those days we pray, we pray never happen across this country,” Rep. Bush said.
“We want to thank our first responders again, but we also want to thank the teachers, staff and school administrators who were in place, moving and ready,” the congresswoman said.
Law enforcement is investigating the scene of a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on Monday
Law enforcement is investigating the scene of a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School
“Those who were there to support the students and those who are there now.”
Bush said any families or victims “who don’t know who to talk to” can call his office, saying the phone lines will be open for those who need help.
The shooting was initially confirmed by the St. Louis Public Schools Twitter account.
“Police are on scene at Central Visual and Performing Arts this morning following reports of an active shooter and CVPA and Collegiate are on lockdown,” they said Monday morning.
The district’s message says “the shooter was quickly arrested by police inside CVPA.”
“We will send information about where parents can find students,” the district said.