On Monday morning, Orlando Harris, 19, reportedly shot and killed two people and wounded seven others at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
Harris reportedly entered the school at about 9 a.m. with a weapon in hand, yelling, “You’re all going to die.”
Fatalities include a teacher, Jean Kirk Kuczka, 61, and a 16-year-old female student, Alexandria Bell.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Kuczka was a health and PE teacher and mother of five children. Kuczka died of her injuries while at a local hospital. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime.
By Monday evening, authorities revealed that Harris was a former student at the school.
Harris was shot and killed by police, who quickly and bravely responded to the emergency call.
At a Tuesday morning press conference, Interim Police Commissioner Michael Sack reported that “officers ran into fire without hesitation” while students fled the building.
“This could have been much worse,” he added.
Sack disclosed that Harris had “about a dozen thirty-round, high-capacity magazines on him” — enough rounds to kill several hundred people.
Sack also reported that detectives are investigating the incident and have not yet determined the killer’s motive.
Harris reportedly left a note at his home detailing how his life was a “perfect storm for a mass shooter.” Harris also left a note in his car in which he complained about many aspects of his life. Harris wrote:
“I don’t have any friends. I don’t have any family. I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’ve never had a social life. I’ve been an isolated loner my entire life. This was the perfect storm for a mass shooter.”
Sack suggested at the press conference that Harris felt “isolated” and “alone,” which may have caused him to become “angry and resentful of others who have … healthy relationships … so [he] lash[ed] out.”
“There was no mystery about what was going to happen,” Sack said. “He had it out and entered in an aggressive, violent manner.”
The New York Post included a comment from QuaranTina in their report:
“Thank God for the quick response of the St. Louis Police Department. Great shooting, too, and under duress. I hope the Uvalde police and the Texas Department of Public Safety are paying attention. THIS is how you handle an active shooter situation. Bravo to all.”
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