A 17-year-old student opened fire at Perry High School in Iowa in school shooting incident. The shooter killed 1 sixth grader and left 5 students injured. The shooting incident happened before classes resumed on the first day after the winter break.
The shooter is identified as Dylan Butler who is a 17 years student at Perry High school. The shooter killed himself after killing one student and wounding 5 others. One of the injured victims was in critical condition. Other students are out of danger and may survive. Butler was a quiet person who had been bullied for years. Butler also made a number of social media posts before the incident.
Not many students were present on the campus as the shooting happened before the start of the school. A breakfast program was going when the culprit opened the fire.
The shooting happened before school had started and not many students were on campus, but a breakfast program was taking place.
Update on Perry High School Shooting
Iowa department of Public Safety issued a statement on the incident. According to the department, A total of seven individuals received wounds or injuries of varying degree during the shooting event, an increase of two from prior reports.
School staff members are also injured. Out of total seven injured, three are school staff members and four are students. Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger has suffered multiple gunshot wounds and his condition is critical. The principal showcased a great act of bravery and put himself on the front line to protect his students. At this time, Principal Marburger and two students remain hospitalized. The remaining have been treated and released.
According to the department, “the investigation is ongoing. Investigators have seized large volumes of digital and social media evidence that will take time to review. Background investigations, as well as eyewitness accounts and victim interviews, are continuing. Once the investigation is complete, the DCI’s investigative report will be turned over to the Dallas County Attorney’s Office to determine what additional course of action, if any, should be undertaken.”
Perry is a town of 8,000 people about 40 miles northwest of Des Moines. The shooting caused a panic amongst the local community and parents rushed to the school to inquire about their children. Soon after the shooting incident happened, businesses closed their doors early.
Police found the shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Mitch Mortvedt, the assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation informed.
Police also found an “improvised explosive device,” which the state fire marshal and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rendered safe, he said.