Parents of Iowa teen who killed one and wounded seven in shooting say they had ‘no inkling’ of his plan

PERRY (AP) — The parents of the 17-year-old who killed a sixth grader and wounded seven others in a shooting at his small-town Iowa high school last week said in a statement Monday that they “had no inkling he intended the horrible violence he was about to inflict.” 

Dylan Butler’s parents said they’re cooperating with investigators as they search for answers. Jack and Erin Butler say they are devastated as they grieve for everyone affected by the shooting and mourn their son. Dylan Butler took his own life after killing one student and wounding Perry High School’s principal, two other staff members and four other students. 

Investigators have said they are reviewing reams of electronic and physical evidence they’ve gathered and are interviewing dozens of witnesses to better understand what happened and why. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is taking the lead in this case, didn’t release any updates on the shooting Monday.