Fatal shooting at Walnut Park Elementary School with ‘one police officer killed and injured’ following reports of suspects

A deadly shooting outside an elementary school reportedly killed a suspect and wounded a police officer.

The shooting happened Thursday morning in front of Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama.

One person died in a fatal shooting outside an Alabama elementary school


One person died in a fatal shooting outside an Alabama elementary schoolPhoto credit: Google Maps
A principal was slightly injured in the incident


A principal was slightly injured in the incident

Officials were responding to reports of a suspicious individual outside the school.

A Rainbow City police officer who worked as a school resource officer responded and got into an altercation with the suspect, Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton said.

Officers responded to the scene and exchanged shots with the suspect.

The unidentified suspect was killed and the Rainbow City officer sustained minor injuries.

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Officials said that at the time of the shooting, a summer program for elementary-age children was taking place at the school.

The sheriff’s office has assured that all children at the school are safe.

Tragedy of Uvalde

The chilling comes after the deadly massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24.

Twenty-one victims, including 19 schoolchildren, were killed during the massacre after teenage gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom and opened fire.

Fourth-graders Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles were among those killed in the shooting.

A fourth-grader shared how he survived the school shooting – by hiding when the gunman burst in and said, “It’s time to die.”

The student said he and several of his friends escaped by running under a table covered with a tablecloth.

“When I heard the shots through the door, I told my friend to hide under something so he doesn’t find us,” the boy told KENS 5.

“I hid hard. And I told my friend not to talk because he will hear us.”

The boy also shared that when police officers showed up and asked those who needed help to shout, a student complied and was then shot dead by Ramos.

“One of the people in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and came in and shot her,” he said.

When the shots stopped, he came out from under the table.

“I just put my hand out,” he added.

“I got out with my friend. I knew it was the police. I saw the armor and the shield.”

The boy said that his teachers Irma and Eva tried to save their students.

“They were nice teachers,” he shared. “They went in front of my classmates to help. To save her.”

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Fellow survivor Chance Aguirre, nine, told NBC News that he and other students were hiding in the cafeteria when gunshots rang out.

The 19 children have been identified by relatives as Amerie Jo Garza, Xavier Lopez, Uziyah Garcia, Makenna Lee Elrod, Ellie Garcia, Eliahana ‘Elijah Cruz’ Torres, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Tess Marie Mata, Lexi Rubio, Nevaeh Bravo, Rojelio Torres , Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Jailah Nicole Silguero, Miranda Mathis, Jose Flores, Maite Yuleana, Jackie Cazares, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio and Alithia Ramirez.

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