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Farragut High School locked down following Central High shooting

When shots rang out at Central High School Thursday, Aug. 21, all Knox County High Schools, including Farragut High School, responded with an immediate lock down of all school facilities.

The incident, in which a 16-year-old Central High School student was killed, happened around 8:15 a.m., in CHS cafeteria.

Knoxville Police Department has a suspect in custody and a gun has been recovered.

Witnesses said the fatal shooting occurred after an earlier argument between the victim and suspect.

The suspect allegedly walked into the school cafeteria, shot the victim and walked back out.

The victim was transported to The University of Tennessee medical Center, where he later died.

Julia Kraze, Farragut Primary School principal, said, “All high schools were in lockdown, but the elementary and middle schools were not affected.”

Farragut Intermediate School students could be seen playing outside on the playground while officers from Knox County Sheriff’s office enforced the lockdown at FHS.

FHS principal Michael Reynolds has not yet been available for comment.

Knoxville Police Department stresses the families of the students involved in the incident have been contacted.

According to witnesses the suspect allegedly was apprehended walking along Doughty Drive, several blocks from CHS, and did not resist arrest.

CHS students are being released for the day slowly, class by class. Parents will not be allowed on campus and must pick their children up at nearby Central Baptist Church on Broadway.

The lockdown at FHS has been lifted.


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