Multiple People Shot at Perry High School in Iowa, Reports Say

perry high school active shooter

Facebook (Perry HS) Perry High School.

Videos showed a massive law enforcement response to the scene of Perry High School in Iowa, the scene of an active shooter investigation with six victims.

The Des Moines Register reported, “Two teachers said Dan Marburger, the principal of the high school, was shot.” Kevin Shelley told the newspaper that his 15-year-old son was “grazed by two bullets while in a school hallway” and saw the gunman shoot the principal.

dan marburger

Facebook (Dan Marburger)Dan Marburger, Perry High School principal.

CBS News reported that the shooter was a student.

In a news conference, authorities named the gunman, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the scene, as Dylan Butler, 17, a high school senior. They said a 6th grader was shot and killed, and five other victims are in stable or critical condition.

Butler was armed with a handgun and shotgun and left an improvised explosive device at the scene, authorities said.

“Multiple law enforcement and medical staff are on site for a shooting at Perry High School. The site has been secured and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office will release more information as it becomes available,” Dallas County, Iowa, wrote on its Facebook page. People offered prayers on the comment thread.

In an earlier news conference, Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante said there were multiple victims but did not specify a number. He also said police know who the shooter was but did not identify the gunman in the news conference. Hospital officials told the Des Moines Register that they received two victims.

In the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department dispatch audio, obtained through Broadcastify, officers said there is a high-school age female with gunshot wounds to the head. “We believe we have our most critical out,” an officer said in the dispatch audio. Another officer said they were still doing secondary searches but didn’t think they would find any other victims. An officer also said at one point, “male subject down in the hallway — appears to be self-inflicted,” according to the Register.

You can listen to the earliest dispatch audio from the scene below, courtesy of Broadcastify:

According to NBC News, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed “there is an active shooter investigation at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa,” but has provided no further details, including the number injured or whether there are casualties.

Police confirmed to NBC News that there was an “active shooting” at the high school, which is located about 40 miles from Des Moines, Iowa. The situation is now secure, according to ABC News, which reported that the FBI was heading to the scene.

Perry is located in Dallas County and has about 8,000 people.

There was no word yet on a suspect or motive.

Here’s what you need to know:

There Was a Large Law Enforcement Response to the Scene of the Perry High School Active Shooter Investigation, Including EMS Helicopters Landing at the Football Field

The videos showed a large law enforcement response to the scene. According to NBC News, an ambulance was at the scene. Perry High School Teacher Lori Meinecke told Raccoon Valley Radio that, at around 7:40 a.m., “she heard about six to seven gunshots followed by the voices of several school coaches encouraging everyone to evacuate the area.”

On the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department dispatch audio, officers talked about getting an EMS helicopter to land near the football field, where “triage” was being conducted. However, they later said the helicopter was not needed and canceled inbound EMS units.

Arriving officers were told to stage “at the back of the high school.”

A woman wrote on Facebook, “My brother witnessed the aftermath of shootin while driving by. Said helicopter ambulances, lots of ambulances, cops and cars flying in from parents. This school had a shooting threat 3 months ago.” She criticized Iowa gun laws.

Authorities had released very few details as the situation was unfolding, other than to confirm that there was a shooting.

Students Were Being Evacuated

The high school is part of the Perry Community School District, the district website says.

Students were being evacuated, an officer said in the dispatch audio. They said four males and two females were being taken to the courthouse, but it’s not clear why.

According to WHO13, the shooting broke out at 7:40 a.m. Scripps News reported that the shooting reports broke out the first day students returned to school after winter break.

READ NEXT: Mentions of Former President Bill Clinton in Jeffrey Epstein Documents.