MATTOON (JG-TC) -- A shooting about 11:30 a.m. today at Mattoon High School has left one wounded student in its wake, and the suspect, a male student, is in custody, according to Mattoon police.
In a press briefing at 1:10 p.m., Mattoon police Chief Jeff Branson and Mattoon Superintendent Larry Lilly said the shooting happened in the cafeteria. A teacher subdued the shooter, and when city police arrived at the scene, a school resource officer was already on site, authorities said.
The injured student is in stable condition at a local hospital, officials said.
Numerous police officers and other emergency personnel remain on the scene. Police were clearing the high school room by room at this time.
Later in the day, the school district canceled all evening events for the middle school. Mattoon High School students will be able to pick up their cars at 5 p.m. Wednesday but they will not be allowed in the building, school district officials said later in the afternoon.
High schoolers were evacuated outside the building to safe places just after the shooting. They were being bused to Riddle Elementary School, where they can be picked up, according to police.
After police responded to the incident, a Coles County Sheriff's Office vehicle was involved in an accident on Marshall Avenue north of the high school.
Just after the shooting incident, numerous student and others could be seen milling around along Marshall Avenue, two blocks from MHS.
The Mattoon school district posted this about the incident:
Mattoon High School officials were made aware of an active student shooter at approximately 11:33 a.m. this morning on the Mattoon High School campus.
The School Resource Officers and school officials headed to the cafeteria where they heard shots fired.
The suspect fired shots in the school cafeteria, before he was subdued and disarmed.
Emergency procedures were activated and students and staff exited the high school. As a result of shots being fired, one student was injured.
First-responders arrived, secured the facility, and transported the student to the hospital. The injured student’s parents were notified and all students were transported to Riddle Elementary School to be released to their parents.
We are saddened that this event has happened and we will provide counseling to students in need. We will continue to work with emergency personnel to determine what happened.
We appreciate the quick response of school staff and first-responders. Most importantly, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the injured student and all who are affected by this tragedy.
This story will be updated as soon as more information is available.