High school student hospitalized after shooting himself in Fairmount classroom

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:22 am

Update: 1:15 p.m. after press conference at Richland County Law Enforcement Center

Male student was conscious, talking after self-inflicted gunshot wound to head. No updates on his condition have been released. The firearm used was a small caliber handgun.

Victim described as a "good kid, may have been going through some issues," by school administrator.

Victim said he "didn't want to hurt anybody else," administrator recalls.

Counselors and law enforcement officer will be on campus tomorrow.

More updates to come.


Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht said an emergency call was received by Richland Dispatch about an apparent shooting at Fairmount Public School Thursday morning. The shooting happened at about 8:30 a.m. in a classroom.

Richland County Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said the students are safe, and the shooting appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim is a male juvenile, a ninth grader, and was transported to St. Francis Healthcare Campus in Breckenridge, Minn. The victim's name and age have not been released.

School has been dismissed after a brief lockdown. Parents can pick up their children at the east entrance of the school.

A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Richland County Law Enforcement Center.

As more information becomes available it will be posted on the Daily News website: www.wahpetondailynews.com

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