Two Injured in Shooting at Indiana Middle School

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A suspect was in custody after what Indiana State Police earlier had called an active shooter incident at Noblesville West Middle School.

Shots were reported at the school about 9:20 a.m., said Jackie Chatterton, the receptionist for Noblesville Schools. Students said a 13-year-old girl was hit. Both are now in critical condition.

That adult has been identified as science teacher Jason Seaman.

Additionally, another student is being treated at Riverview Health with a fractured ankle.

A suspected gunman was taken into custody Friday morning after opening fire at an IN middle school, critically injuring at least two victims.

Authorities held a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday to provide an update on the shooting.

According to Fox News, the shooting occurred at the Noblesville West Middle School in IN, with local police confirming the incident on social media; saying "NFD and NPD are on scene of an active shooter at Noblesville West Middle School". "We are still conducting interviews to determine what happened in that classroom".

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Seaman's mother said on Facebook her son was shot through the abdomen, in the hip and in the forearm, and was undergoing surgery. IN police told WLFI they were "sending everyone" to the scene. "We have multiple officers and a command post established at the high school and they are diligently ensuring the safety of the students and the staff".

"He's a hero", the student said.

IU Health officials confirmed in an email that both patients were admitted to the hospital. Suspect is in custody.

Barnes also confirmed the school does not have metal detectors "as a regular basis of walking into the school".

"The school has been completely cleared and the investigation process has just begun", Jowitt said.

"We all train for this".

The victims were transported to the hospital and their families have been notified.

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Parents were advised that if they did not receive a phone call from school officials, their children were fine.

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We have provided counseling support for West teachers this afternoon and have more counseling planned for this weekend.

Police Sgt. John Perrine wrote on Twitter, "There are two victims en route to Methodist from the Noblesville West Middle School Active Shooter".

"Today an unfortunate shooting at a school has occurred in Indiana. You'll be proud of them, too".

It is not believed to be related to the shooting, Jowitt said.

News 8 spoke with one parent, Chad, who had just learned that his daughter was safe.

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"I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great", Seaman said in a statement to WTTV provided by a friend.

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