Officials stated Perry High School shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say a 17-year-old Perry High School student in Iowa shot a sixth grader,
four other pupils, and a school administrator Thursday before presumably killing himself. Police said an active shooter was reported at Perry High School, a 7,800-person city 30 miles northwest of Des Moines, at 7:37 a.m.
Police say the shooter had a pump-action shotgun and a small-caliber handgun. The murdered student's identity is unknown. The rest of the injured should survive, officials said.
Governor Kim Reynolds called the shooting a “senseless tragedy” that shook Perry and the state and offered her condolences. The motive is unknown, and an investigation is underway.
At a news conference, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation associate director Mitch Mortvedt said responding officers found victims wounded and the shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He said police uncovered a "improvised explosive device," which the state fire marshal and the federal ATF made safe.
Dylan Butler was the shooter. Mortvedt said the evidence suggests he acted alone. "Butler also made a number of social media posts in and around the time of the shooting," stated.
He claimed the incident occurred before school started and few pupils were on campus, but a breakfast program was going on.