Local Police Chief Bob Rich told the media, "It appears he is not a student at this school and it is possible he has no connection to these two students." NEWS 1130 reports that the attacker was subdued by teachers. Rich complimented the teachers saying, "I believe the staff were so proactive and so quick that further casualties were probably prevented because of their actions… it was very quick for them to subdue the suspect."
One resident who lives close to the school told the station, "It used to be a small town, but things like this keep popping up and it’s crazy. It hits really close to home, figuratively and literally."