BREAKING: At least 1 dead, 2 injured in Iowa high school shooting

Perry Community School District board president Linda Andorf called the incident "horrendously awful."

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

Update: The suspect has been the only reported casualty at this time.

A shooting was reported at Perry Middle School and High School in Perry, Iowa, a town about 35 miles northwest of Des Moines, on Thursday morning, with a heavy police presence spotted as students began their first day back from winter break. 

According to the Daily Mail, law enforcement sources said at least one person has been killed and at least two injured in the shooting. MercyOne Medical Center in the state's capital has confirmed that they are preparing to treat people impacted by the shooting.

According to the Des Moines Register, the Perry Police Department confirmed the shooting, but noted that it was no longer an active situation. A first responder told dispatchers there was a "male subject down in the hallway" near Room 308 with a wound that "appears to be self-inflicted." They were said to have "other victims" as well. Not long after, the first responder claimed the suspect was "down and deceased."

Streets surrounding the school have been blocked off, and a UnityPoint Health LifeFlight helicopter was spotted landing on the grounds.

The first reports of the shooting came in around 7:40 am, according to WHO13. By 8:25 am, the middle school was cleared, with the high school evacuated a few minutes later. A nearby elementary school was also locked down as a precaution, though eventually the students were dismissed.

In a statement to NBC News, Perry Community School District board president Linda Andorf called the incident "horrendously awful."

"People need to figure out their life," she added. "This is just disgusting. It's terrible."

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who is scheduled to spend the day attending campaign events in eastern Iowa, offered his sympathies.

"Pray for the community in Perry, Iowa this morning," he wrote on X.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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