Police: Perry, Iowa high school shooter dead, multiple victims

Perry, Iowa (AP)— On Thursday, Perry, Iowa, police reported multiple shootings at the high school on the first day back in classes following winter break.

Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Perry, a town of 8,000, received two gunshot victims by ambulance. 

The Perry High School shooting occurred before school started, thus Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante stated few kids and instructors were there.

Oxford school shooting conviction earns Michigan teen life sentence. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that the shooting suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

The official spoke to The AP anonymously because he was not allowed to discuss the probe. The shooting occurred during the Iowa caucuses and near Republican presidential contenders' campaigns.

Infante said officers arrived seven minutes after an active shooter was reported at 7:37 a.m. Thursday. At a news conference, he said authorities found numerous injured people but couldn't confirm their numbers or conditions.

 UnityPoint Health, which runs the Des Moines hospital, confirmed the two shooting victims. The town's middle and high schools were ringed by many emergency vehicles.

Zander Shelley, 15, heard gunshots in a hallway waiting for school to start and ran inside a classroom, according to his father, Kevin Shelley. Zander hid in class after being grazed twice before texting his father at 7:36 a.m.

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