South High School student is taken out of the building on a
stretcher on Monday morning following an incident where a
Waukesha police officer fired shots. Police officials say
the officer was trying to help confiscate a gun that was
brought in by a student who did not comply with orders.
1:50 p.m. - Associated Press
Police in suburban Milwaukee say a 17-year-old student pointed a
pellet gun at another student's head in a confrontation that led to
a police officer shooting the teenager.
Police said Tuesday that a school resource officer and a
detective began talking with the student at Waukesha South High
School after the fight between students on Monday.
Police say the teen had a gun in his hand when an officer shot
him once in the leg and twice in the arm.
Authorities immediately gave the student first aid, stopping the
bleeding. The student is in stable condition.
Police found two firearms in the classroom and say both were
pellet guns. Police later searched the student's home and found more
— What many students assumed was just a school lockdown drill
quickly turned into a morning of terror as gunshots rang out in a
Waukesha South High School classroom Monday.
students and staff members were left fearful and confused as they
sheltered in their respective rooms, unsure of what was taking place
for several minutes.
swarmed both entrances near East Roberta and Tenny avenues, hoping
for a glimpse of their students or another tidbit of information.
approached the Roberta Avenue entrance tearful, anticipating what
they might find upon arrival — but just one injury was reported.
said Monday a 17year-old male suspect is in stable condition
following an officer-involved shooting that took place at South.
is clearly a superintendent’s worst nightmare but my primary
concern is for the students and the families of South High
School,” said Waukesha School District Superintendent Todd Gray
during a press conference Monday.
to police officials, at approximately 10:07 a.m., a student reported
that a male had a handgun, at which point South’s school resource
officer (SRO) responded to the classroom, as well as members of the
Waukesha Police Department. Officials say the suspect would not
remove his hands from his pocket and did not follow an officer’s
orders, eventually removing the handgun from his waistband and
pointing it at the officer. A Waukesha police officer then fired his
gun, hitting the suspect.
immediately gave the 17-year-old suspect lifesaving medical
attention and the remaining students were evacuated from the
classroom while the school was put on lockdown.
Candace Williams was in a classroom next door to the suspect’s
during the incident and said she heard around three shots.
said students first thought the incident was a drill.
was scared ’cause they always say you would never think it would
happen at South (High School) or somewhere in Waukesha. I was just
scared,” Williams said.
Candace Williams; sophomore
is reunited with family outside Waukesha South High School
in Waukesha on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Gunshots were exchanged
between a student and a school resource officer inside
Waukesha South High School, according to school officials.
Sydney Guckenberger said at first she also thought the incident was
a drill, but learned it wasn’t after hearing the gunshots.
Guckenberger estimated that the students took shelter for around
heard gunshots ... two or three maybe. I mean, it’s like kind of
blurry because as soon as I heard the gunshots I was in panic
mode,” Guckenberger said.
Bailey Fladung added that students were for the most part unaware of
what was happening as they sheltered in their classrooms.
saw a bunch of cops and, like, my classroom couldn’t hear anything
and people were saying a kid pulled out a gun and stuff like
that,” Fladung said.
first started to be released to their parents at around 11:15 p.m.
Whittier Elementary was temporarily placed on lockdown during the
in the afternoon, a separate incident developed at Waukesha North
High School where police officials received a report of a student
with a firearm. The student was located at a residence in the city
and taken into custody. During that investigation, North High School
was on lockdown.
Capt. Dan Baumann said Monday afternoon the weapons threat led
officers to take the student into custody at Gascoigne Drive.
Mauricio, right, a 14-year-old freshman, hugs her mother
Meche Mauricio, after the two were reunited outside Waukesha
South High School in Waukesha on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, with the city of Greenfield
Police Department as the lead agency, is conducting the
Additional resources will be on hand for students who need help
processing Monday's events.
Gray said the district intends for South to be open Tuesday.
Police officials added that initial information shows the officer
acted within the law and department policy.
are no metal detectors at South High School. It is unclear at this
point why the student brought the gun into the building.
officer involved in the incident is an 11-year veteran of the
Waukesha Police Department. Officials did not release the
officer’s name Monday.
officer or other students were injured during this incident.
students on Monday morning were slowly released back to their
families, who gathered en masse along Tenny Avenue.
Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, with the Greenfield Police
Department as the lead agency, is conducting the investigation.
resources will be on hand for students who need help processing
Monday’s events, according to school district officials.
said the district intended for South to be open today.
officials added that initial information shows the officer acted
within the law and department policy.
citizens of Waukesha I know this was a terrifying day for many
students and parents. What is important is the partnership between
the school and the city in having a school resource officer,” said
Mayor Shawn Reilly. “I guess I’m very thankful where we’re in
a situation where only one person was injured and that we aren’t
in a situation that would have been much more worse.”
Monday’s events, the community was divided on how much time they
believed students and families should have to process everything
Briones, a South junior, said her dad will allow her to miss the
rest of the week if she needs to.
much has happened these past 6 years of my (family’s) lives. You
never think it’s gonna happen. I will not return to school
tomorrow,” Briones said.
Marie Scalic said her son, a sophomore, also does not want to
sounds of a car door closing made him jump; these are not things
that our children should have to experience,” Scalic said.
Corona Martinez said she believes students should be given a day to
be at home and feel less stressed.
such a scary and traumatizing experience and a break so they can
process it all,” Corona Martinez said. Some community members said
that the safety system in place worked the way it was supposed to,
as only the student who brought a gun into the building was injured.
will probably be safer tomorrow than any other day of the year. My
kid will be there. I could see metal detectors to be installed
soon,” said Julie Unger Matusiak.
Malmquist Gross added that he would also like to see metal detectors
and other preventative measures, like bag/purse checks, implemented
at the high school.
am glad that there were no casualties but something needs to be
done. (My) kids don’t feel safe going to school and that
shouldn’t be,” he said.
Officer shot Oshkosh high
school student who stabbed him
are evacuated from the scene of an officer involved shooting
at Oshkosh West High School after an armed student
confronted a school resource officer on
Tuesday December 3, 2019 in Oshkosh, Wis.
OSHKOSH, Wis. — A 16-year-old
student stabbed a school resource officer who then shot the teenager
at a Wisconsin high school Tuesday morning, police said, in the
second shooting at a school in the state in as many days.
The latest shooting happened at Oshkosh West High School just after
9 a.m., Oshkosh police spokeswoman Katherine Mann said at a news
briefing. The student and the officer were taken to hospitals, but
no one else was injured, Mann said.
Oshkosh Police Chief Dean Smith said at a news conference Tuesday
afternoon that neither the officer or student had suffered what were
expected to be life-threatening injuries. He said the officer shot
the teenager once.
Authorities have not released any information about the nature of
the injuries to the student and the officer.
“This is a big deal,” Mann said. “We’re not that big of a city and
we know pretty much everyone in the city and we know this affects a
lot of people in our community.”
Police will not be releasing details of the type of weapon the
student was carrying, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice
Division of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation,
Graphic: Associated Press
The school was locked down. Police said parents would be able to
reunite with their children later at Perry Tipler Middle school. By
late morning, parents were gathered at the middle school, waiting
for their children.
An Oshkosh West student identified only as Evelyn told WLUK-TV that
she was in class when she heard screaming and her teacher walked
“And then, like, after two minutes she ran back into the classroom
and she was like, ‘Everybody needs to evacuate right now!’ And then
we all ran out of the class and then we saw everybody from our
school running to across the street.”
After reuniting with her mother at the nearby middle school, Evelyn
said: “They told us they were going to tell us what was happening,
but they never did.”
A senior identified only as Josh told the Journal Sentinel that he
"I was walking in the hall, and a teacher shoved me into a
classroom, and we started barricading the doors, and we all huddled
in the corner, and there were gunshots," he said.
The Rev. John Seelman, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church across the
street from the school, says he saw one person being transported
from the school in a wheelchair who was taken away in an ambulance,
and another who was carried out on a stretcher.
Stephanie Carlin, who is the mother of a sophomore and a senior at
Oshkosh West and a school board member, told The Associated Press
that one of her sons texted her to say, “it was crazy,” but that
both of her sons were safe.
“As a parent, it’s terrifying,” Carlin said. It’s a parent’s “worst
Carlin referred questions to school board president Barbara Herzog,
who did not immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.
Just before 11 a.m., school buses were lined up outside the school
and streets were blocked off. Several squad cars, many of them with
lights still flashing, were parked outside, with officers manning
the barricades blocking the street.
Oshkosh West has about 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Tuesday's shooting in Oshkosh, a city of about 67,000 people, was
about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Monday's shooting in the
Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha. A police officer responding to a
situation at Waukesha South High School shot an armed male student
in a classroom. Officials say that student pointed a handgun at
officers. The 17-year-old boy was wounded and is in custody in
stable condition. No officers or other students were injured,
Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, said the two
shootings reinforced the need to identify troubled students and get
them the mental health services they need to prevent violence before
it occurs. Kaul also renewed his call for the Republican-controlled
Legislature to pass a universal gun background check bill and a “red
flag” law that would empower judges to take guns from people
determined to be a risk to themselves or others.
The state Justice Department’s office of school safety was working
with both schools in Oshkosh and Waukesha to provide them with any
services they may need, Kaul said. He also said if other schools
have safety upgrade needs, they should contact his agency.
“These are really tragic incidents but it’s also true we have seen
incidents where there has been mass tragedy,” Kaul said. “I feel
really sorry for our kids that they have to go to school in this
School shootings have occasionally shone a spotlight on the response
by guards and school resource officers. Armed school resource
officers have rarely prevented a school shooting.
Last year, armed guards at three high-profile school shootings —
Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky; Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; and Santa Fe High School
in Texas — were unable to stop the rampages.
North pupil taken into custody on gun allegations
— A young Waukesha mother said the shocking news of lockdowns at
both South and North high schools on Monday, one because of a
confirmed student with a gun and another with a student possibly in
possession of a gun, had her considering homeschooling her children.
Waukesha North student recalled the chilling minutes he and
classmates shared after hearing danger warnings blare through
loudspeakers, prompting them to seek safety in a locker room during
the school lockdown.
two are neighbors of a quiet neighborhood, which became an armed
police command center when law enforcement took into custody a North
student suspected of bringing a gun to school.
talked in separate interviews about how the incidents have sown
fears in their lives that will linger.
were no reports of shots fired at either North or the home in the
400 block of Gascoigne Drive, where a 15-year-old North student was
taken into custody without incident, according to a Waukesha police
say they saw police escorting a young man in handcuffs to a waiting
squad car at about 2 p.m. near Gascoigne and Peters Drive.
facsimile firearm was located hidden in the residence, according to
arrest topped off a frightening day that also involved Waukesha
South High School, where a police officer had earlier shot a student
who had pointed a gun at the officer.
was unknown if the suspected gunmen knew each other, but the common
thread in the incidents was fear.
neighbors of the suspected North gunman shared harrowing stories —
one of a young mother fearing for her toddlers’ safety as heavily
armed police descended on the targeted duplex.
other was Michael Miller, 17, a junior at North, who during an
interview recalled the chill he and his classmates experienced while
North was under lockdown.
was in phy ed class playing basketball when all of a sudden the
clocks that were installed this year yelled out ‘lock down, lights
out, other sites,’ so we all went to the locker room. It lasted
for about an hour to an hour and fifteen. When it was over, it said
‘the problem has left the building, you may continue class
time.’ “We heard the shooter was on the run. I don’t know why
this person would think it was smart to come straight here. The
courthouse is right there.”
asked if he ever suspected something like this could happen in
Waukesha schools, Miller said, “With as how boring of a town
Waukesha is, never.”
Repp, who lives three doors down from where the student was taken
into custody, said, “it’s very scary, all of this in one day.
said she heard police on bullhorns repeatedly ordering residents of
the two-story duplex to come outside.
were all taking a nap ... I wake up, and my house was literally
surrounded by police officers with guns and everything else.”
described the neighborhood as “calm and peaceful, there’s really
nothing that ever goes on. It’s never one for violence. I want to
homeschool my kids.”