After the school shooting today, school buses are lining up on Black Bob Road and 127th Street. There’s been a student charged with attempted capital murder. The School is installing metal detectors and Counselors are on hand to help students cope with this tragedy. Carlos Moreno reports from KCUR 89.3. This story has been updated to include information about the Ghost gun used in the shooting. You can read more about the school’s plans to prevent this from happening again.
A Kansas sheriff has said that the suspect in the Olathe East High School shooting today may have used a ghost gun to fire the fatal shot. Jaylon Elmore is charged with attempted capital murder and is in critical condition. The shooting also injured the assistant principal and school resource officer. Police said Elmore had no criminal record. After the shooting, he was arrested and booked into the Johnson County jail. Investigators have not released any details on the shooting, but said the gun that was used in the attack was a “ghost gun.” Ghost guns have no serial numbers and are out of the grasp of tracking systems and can be used to commit murder or commit suicide.
While “ghost guns” are not entirely illegal, they can help perpetrators hide their identity. Police departments in Kansas and Missouri have become more familiar with these types of illegal firearms. Ghost guns can be easily constructed with a few common house tools, and they are not as difficult to make as some people might think. Some “ghost gun” kits are even available at IKEA. Regardless of how you decide to use a ghost gun, the law enforcement authorities need to do their part.
While the Kansas State Board of Education has historically opposed the Eddie Eagle bill, the Kansas Legislature is scheduled to adjourn in April. That means that lawmakers only meet for two days next week, and only have four days in March to consider bills. If Holscher’s bill is not passed by then, it could still be in committee. But the real goal of the bill isn’t to make a law, but to protect people and their property from ghost guns.
A teenager charged with attempted capital murder has been arrested in the Olathe East high school shooting today. The suspect had previously been convicted of aggravated robbery. He reportedly refused to open his bag before a school resource officer arrived. As the officer approached the student, he fired several shots. The shooting took place inside an administrative office. The suspect was also shot while being arrested. The victim and the school resource officer are both in stable condition. The students involved in the incident have been transported to reunification centers.
Jaylon Desean Elmore, a senior at Olathe East High School, has been charged with attempted capital murder. Authorities say that he shot a school administrator and a school resource officer in a targeted attack on school employees. The school resource officer returned fire, seriously injuring the suspect. The alleged shooter is expected to face capital murder charges. The case is currently in the preliminary stage.
Jaylon Desean Elmore, 18, has been charged with attempted capital murder after a police investigation revealed he shot the officers and a school resource officer. The teen, a member of the school’s varsity football team, was already on probation until December 2020. He is required to comply with house arrest and GPS monitoring, submit to testing when ordered by the court, and is not allowed to contact the victims or any witnesses.
Police have not released the suspect’s motive. They haven’t released the probable cause affidavit. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office did not return messages left at their offices. The charging sheet lists dozens of witnesses. The officer was identified as Erik Clark, a police officer with 15 years of experience. The suspect’s family has been in custody since the shooting.
As Olathe East High School is still reeling from the March 4 shooting, the administration has been working on security plans for the campus. The shooting killed one student and wounded two others at the school, including an assistant principal and school resource officer. The school was put on lockdown for several hours after the shooting, and the parents of students who were injured were reunited with their children. While the district did not release any details, it is making sure all school buildings have metal detectors, in case another school shooter wants to target the school.
The installation of metal detectors is not without risks. School security personnel will be required to monitor and screen students through the devices, even if the suspects had previously been screened. These security measures will be in place throughout the school day and during after-hour activities and evening events. However, there are concerns about the cost and implementation of these devices. Ultimately, the school’s leaders must decide if the risk outweighs the potential danger to students and staff.
Parents are asking if there were more safety measures in place. Superintendent Clark, who fired his service weapon during the shooting, has been placed on administrative leave. He is being investigated by the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team. However, more precautions cannot ensure gun-free zones. In the event of an active shooter, no matter how prepared school officials are, the challenges are never easy to overcome.
A high school student at Olathe East High School reported a gun at the school. Jaylon Elmore, the suspect, was shot as he exchanged gunfire with the school resource officer. The police have not released the identity of the shooter, but they are confident that the suspect is in custody. KSHB 41 News reporter reported that around 30 people attended the vigil, and the school resource officer’s life is now at risk.
Counselors on hand to support students
Several counseling students were on hand at the high school to support the victims and their families. The Olathe East High School shooting happened today. Police responded to reports of shots fired at around 10:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. ET). The student resource officer was wounded, but he has since been released. Police and federal agents are working with local law enforcement and Gov. Laura Kelly is monitoring the situation.
After the shooting, Olathe East High School was placed on lockdown and secured. Police asked parents to pick up their children somewhere else. The school will reopen on Monday, but counselors are on hand to support students and their families during this difficult time. A prayer vigil for the victims will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday. Today, families of the Olathe East students will continue to support each other as they work through their grief and recovery process.
A male school administrator and a school resource officer were injured during the Olathe East High School shooting today. The Olathe Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating. According to the Olathe Police Department, the male school administrator was shot in the office area. There are currently several counseling students on hand to provide support to the victims.
Counselors on hand at the Olathe East High School have been tasked with helping students recover from the tragedy. The shooting occurred at Olathe East High School on Friday, and the suspect, Jaylon Desean Elmore, 18, was wounded, but is expected to survive. The school is no longer a threat. Police have charged Elmore with attempted capital murder.
Police say suspect is in critical condition
Two police officers were shot and one was critically injured at an Olathe elementary school Friday. Olathe’s school resource officer returned fire, striking the student. A third officer was shot as he tried to stop the shooting. The suspect, a white male, is in critical condition in a nearby hospital. Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect. A spokesman for the Kansas City Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol has been en route.
An Olathe police officer was shown in a social media video responding to the shooting. He was holding a rifle and gained access to the school. Several parents gathered outside the school in a gridlock while waiting for their son to be released. One of them, Dustey Peterson, works as a hairdresser. He was able to gather information from texts at the school and from other sources.
A school resource officer at Olathe East was the first person on scene when the suspect was shot. He managed to apply a tourniquet on Elmore’s wounds until help arrived. Elmore was arrested and booked into Johnson County jail shortly after 11 p.m. Friday night. Elmore has been listed in jail records with a bond of $1 million. The next court date for Elmore is June 8 at 1 p.m.
Students and staff at Olathe East High School were reunited at a second location at a school nearby. Despite the traumatic circumstances of Friday’s shooting, the Olathe school district has put together a plan to get their children back home with their families. KCTV5 News is following the story closely. It is not clear whether or not the Olathe district will be able to complete this plan.