A police officer from the Austin Independent School District has been wounded by gunfire, and the individual responsible for the act has yet to be apprehended.
According to information provided by two sources within law enforcement, the AISD officer was assaulted and shot in the leg in close proximity to Nelson Field, which is situated across the road from Northeast Early College High School.
According to Meredith Aldis from FOX 7 Austin, the lockdown has been lifted.
Austin ISD has also decided to cancel classes on Wednesday, December 6 in response to the shooting incident. They issued a statement stating the following:
"Classes and all after school activities are canceled for tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 6, however, our campus will be open during normal hours to students and staff who wish or need to be on campus for any reason. Buses will run their normal morning and afternoon routes for students wishing to access services or meals. We will also run an additional early afternoon route for students who wish to return home after receiving lunch. Central Office employees will staff our school and provide support—including mental health and counseling services—to any students and staff on campus. No campus staff are expected to report to school."
During a press conference, Wayne Sneed, the police chief of AISD, unveiled a detailed chronology of the events that transpired.
- 10:40 a.m.: A sergeant called saying they were taking gunfire and had been struck in the leg
- 10:43 a.m.: School resource officer arrived to assist the shot officer
- 10:44 a.m.: ATCEMS arrived at the scene
- 10:46 a.m.: The campus went into lockdown
- 10:47 a.m.: Austin police arrived at the scene
The incident did not occur within the premises of the building. The Austin Independent School District (AISD) made a tweet stating that the officer sustained injuries while involved in a confrontation in the parking lot.
Officials from city hall informed FOX 7 Austin that the injuries sustained by the officer are minor and will not necessitate any surgical intervention.
According to the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS), they transported an adult with a non-life-threatening injury to a nearby trauma center. As of 12:37 p.m., no other individuals have been assessed, treated, or transported by ATCEMS.
The Austin ISD police department has reported that the officer's condition is stable and they are expected to be discharged from the hospital in the near future.
Parents are kindly requested not to visit the campus, and the general public is advised to avoid the vicinity.
Families are instructed to proceed to the Delco Activity Center located at 4601 Pecan Brook Dr in order to collect their children who will be transported there by bus. Parents are kindly asked to remain in their vehicles and bring along some form of identification.
For students who do not have a family member available for pick-up, transportation will be arranged via bus to take them home.
According to FOX 7 Austin's John Krinjak, the district initiated a controlled release of students, one classroom at a time, starting around 1:50 p.m. He also reported witnessing the first bus carrying students arriving at the Delco Activity Center.
CLEAT issued a statement on Twitter saying, "We are all praying for the @AISDPolice Officer and CLEAT member who was shot in the line of duty today at a high school in Northeast Austin. Thankfully, his injuries are not life-threatening and he is reported to be in stable condition."