Hostages freed after High School gunman shot himself

by Shannon Lee
Twenty-three students and one teacher were released from Marinette High School in Wisconsin Monday evening when an armed student shot himself after holding them in a classroom for nearly five hours.
No hostages were hurt. The suspect was taken to the hospital and remained in unknown condition as of 9:45 p.m.
The gunman, 15, entered the classroom shortly after 3 p.m. Zach Campbell, one of the student hostages, told the New York Times the suspect shot at a movie projector, and other students tried to calm him down.
The school principal called police at 3:48 p.m., reported CNN, and law enforcement officers from all over the state gathered nearby.
The gunman refused to talk directly to police officers, and would only communicate to them through the teacher. He made no demands, reported the New York Times, and allowed five students to leave at 7:40 p.m. after they asked to use the bathroom.
At 8:03 p.m., police reported hearing three gunshots. They entered the classroom and the suspect shot himself.
The student had no criminal record prior to the event, reported CNN. Superintendent Tim Baneck told CNN the school would be closed Tuesday as school officials work to make counselors available for students.

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