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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said.

Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker said the science teacher likely prevented even more injuries by confronting the shooter, who he said pulled out a gun and opened fire after walking in late while the class was taking a test.

"Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground," Stonebraker said. "If it weren't for him, more of us would have been injured for sure."

The attack at Noblesville West Middle School happened around 9 a.m., police Chief Kevin Jowitt said during a news conference. He said investigators believe the suspect acted alone but didn't detail what happened or the severity of the injuries to the victims, who were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis.

"We do know the situation resolved extremely quickly," Jowitt said.

Seaman's brother, Jeremy Seaman, told The Indianapolis Star that his brother was shot three times and was undergoing surgery. He said he was conscious after the shooting and talked with his wife, telling her he was OK.

Jeremy Seaman, who now lives in Arizona, said his brother was a defensive end for Southern Illinois University's football team and has never been a person to run away.

Authorities released no information about conditions of the two victims, who was taken to Indianapolis hospitals.

Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said the teacher was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and the wounded student was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She didn't know the seriousness of their injuries.

Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said the teacher was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and the wounded student was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She didn't know the seriousness of their injuries.

The attack comes a week after an attack at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed eight students and two teachers, and months after the school attack that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla. The Florida attack inspired students from that school and others throughout the country to call for more restrictions on access to guns.

After the Indiana attack, students were bused to the Noblesville High School gym, where hundreds of parents and other family members arrived to retrieve them.

Eighth-grader Chris Navarro said he was inside an auditorium when he heard several gunshots about a minute before the bell rang for the change in classes.

"The speaker came on and said we were on lockdown, and people rushed in and we went to the back of the room. I went into this little room in the back with three other people," he said calmly standing between his parents as they picked him up.

Erica Higgins, who was among the worried parents who rushed to get their kids, told WTHR-TV that she learned of the shooting from a relative who called her at home.

"I just want to get my arms around my boy," she said.

Higgins said her son was shaken up but knew little about what happened.

"I got a 'Mom, I'm scared' text message and other than that, it was 'come get me at the high school,'" Higgins said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb, who was returning from a trip to Europe on Friday, issued a statement saying he and other state leaders were getting updates about the situation and that 100 state police officers had been made available to work with local law enforcement.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible situation," Holcomb said.

Noblesville, which is about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is home to about 50,000 people. The middle school has about 1,300 students from grades 6-8. The school's academic year was scheduled to end next Friday.

Indiana's Senate Democrats issued a statement in response to Friday's school shooting expressing their condolences to the victims and calling for steps to prevent such shootings, including restrictions on guns.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • PopMom
    May 25, 2018 at 10:19 a.m.

    According to Dana Kelley, this is all just fake news.

  • ARMNAR
    May 25, 2018 at 11:23 a.m.

    You read my mind, PM!

  • Packman
    May 25, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.

    Pop - Do you really want to promote a political narrative at a time like this? Not sure who's more despicable, you or Harvey Weinstein.
    .
    Speaking of Harvey, his defense is that he didn't invent the casting couch and he was simply operating within the customary work rules of the industry. Seriously, this is his defense. Young actresses understand they must first do a "casting couch" as part of the business and do so willingly. According to Weinstein's attorney THAT will be his defense.
    .
    OMG, Hollywood is more corrupt than any of us normals could ever imagine.

  • risingsun35704230802
    May 25, 2018 at 1:49 p.m.

    I am willing to bet that the shooter was not a Black, Latina or Muslim!

  • LRDawg
    May 25, 2018 at 2:18 p.m.

    2A out of date....until its amended gun violence will continue. Risingsun hit the nail on the head.....I'll bet $200 MS-13, street thugs nor Muslims had nothing to do with this. Willing to put up Pack, GenMac?

  • 23cal
    May 25, 2018 at 2:35 p.m.

    Dana Kelley tells us the kids have nothing to worry about.

  • obbie
    May 25, 2018 at 5:19 p.m.

    "If it weren't for him, more of us would have been injured for sure." This is precisely why (some) teachers should be armed and ready to take on shooters. Do you care about your kids or not?

  • LRDawg
    May 26, 2018 at 4:16 p.m.

    I gotta better idea obbie....if we take the guns away, nobody can shoot. This teacher removed the gun without a weapon....we saw it in Tennessee too. Can't put out a fire by adding more fuel....but you can put it out with water. More guns isn't the answer.....taking guns away is

  • BOLTAR
    May 26, 2018 at 5:26 p.m.

    Packman, are you going to continue claiming this is yet another shooting that did not involve a gun? Will you respond with your usual lie that I claim guns shoot themselves, or will you just skulk away? Moron.

  • ARMNAR
    May 26, 2018 at 5:50 p.m.

    Smart money is on "skulk." He's been in error numerous times, yet has never sprouted the cojones necessary for offering a genuine mea culpa.

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