Police say Noblesville shooter had two handguns

A crowd gathers in Noblesville after reports of a shooting inside Noblesville West Middle School. (WTHR Photo)
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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) — Police confirm a male student has been detained after a shooting Friday morning at Noblesville West Middle School.

Friday afternoon, Eyewitness News confirmed that FBI and ATF were investigating at a home where the suspected shooter lives.

At a news conference at the school Friday afternoon, police say they recovered two handguns.

Two victims, one a teacher, Jason Seaman, and a juvenile student, have been transported to the hospital, according to Police Chief Kevin Jowitt. The teen student was taken to Riley Hospital, while Seaman was taken to IU Health-Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to 13 Investigates reporter Sandra Chapman, the student was transported by helicopter in to Riverview Hospital in Noblesville before going to Riley.

The active shooter was reported to police at 9:06 Friday morning.

According to police at an afternoon news conference, the alleged shooter was a student who requested to leave class and returned with two handguns before the shooting.

A school resource officer was in the building, but police, citing the ongoing investigation, did not reveal what role that officer played in the apprehension of the suspect.

Noblesville Police said the situation was resolved quickly, and the suspected shooter, who has not been identified, was detained either inside the classroom on nearby.

Crime scene investigators from the state and federal level are working inside the Noblesville West Middle School complex.

"We only get one opportunity to get it right," said Lt. Bruce Barnes of Noblesville Police regarding the pace of the investigation. He indicated the investigators would process the shooting scene first, then move on to other evidence, such as video from the building's cameras, which is preserved.

Barnes also said the investigators have not been able to talk to the teacher about what happened.

Noblesville Schools Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer said she was able to visit with the families of both shooting victims at their respective hospitals. She credited the hospital staffs for their response, and said Noblesville students did as they were trained to react in an emergency situation.

Responding to a question during the afternoon press conference, Barnes said Noblesville schools do not have metal detectors in their buildings.

Lock downs that were in place for all Noblesville schools were lifted as of 10:30 a.m. However, Noblesville High School was placed back on lockdown again around 11 a.m. following a text threat that was investigated but found to not be credible.

West students were evacuated and bused to the high school. Once all students are accounted for, all parents of West Middle School students were directed to go to Noblesville High School to pick up their students.

Buses carrying Noblesville West Middle School students arrive at Noblesville High School. (WTHR image by Joel Bragg)

The last day of school for the middle school is June 1.

About 1,300 students attend Noblesville West Middle School.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools sent an alert saying they are operating as normal, and police say there is no safety threat.

We are closely monitoring a situation at Noblesville West Middle School, where a shooting took place this morning.

Police have the shooter in custody. Officers say there no safety threat.

We will continue to operate as normal today. Our school resource officers are keeping a close watch on our buildings. The safety of our students is our number one priority. We know this situation is very scary, and our hearts are with our neighbors in Noblesville.

Our student support staff are available to provide support to students, if needed.

Carmel Clay Schools have increased police presence at all schools.

We wanted to inform you that there has been a school shooting this morning at Noblesville West Middle School. The subject is in custody and we have no reason to believe there is a threat to Carmel Clay Schools. Currently, the Carmel Police Department has increased their police presence to provide support to students, staff and the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in the Noblesville community during this time.

We will continue to update this story as more details become available.