(This story was updated at 10:30 AM)
PERRY — Authorities in the central Iowa town of Perry confirm there was a shooting this morning at Perry High School on students’ first day back in classes after their annual winter break but they are releasing few details.
Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante says they were notified about an active shooter situation shortly after 7:30 this morning. “This morning at approximately 7:37 AM, we had a radio activation at the high school which indicated an active shooter situation. An officer first arrived within seven minutes of that activation and located multiple gunshot victims. We’re still unclear exactly how many are injured or what the extent of those are, but we’re working on that right now.”
Infante says there is no danger to the public at this time. “There’s no further danger to the public. The community is safe. We’re just now working backwards in trying to figure out everything that happened and make notifications.”
Infante says many students were still not in the building at the time of the incident. “This morning school didn’t start yet, luckily, so there was very few students and faculty in the building, which I think contributed to a good outcome in that sense.”
Infante said they’ve identified the shooter but did not release their name, and he did not release any information regarding an exact number of victims in the incident.