The gunman at the St. Louis School had 600 rounds of gunpowder and left a note behind him:

19-year-old gunman Joe Teacher and 15 year old girl murdered Louis High School was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and more than 600 rounds of what appeared to be ammunition, Police Commissioner Michael Sack said Tuesday.

Orlando Harris also left a hand-written note detailing his explanation for Monday’s shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Class X Alexandria Bell and 61-year-old physical education teacher Jean Cuzka died and seven students were injured.

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In exchange for firing, the police killed the gunman.

Sack read the gunman’s note in which the young man lamented that he had no friends, no family, no girlfriend and lived a life of solitude. In the note, he called it “the perfect storm for a mass shooter.”

Sack said some gunpowder was found tied to the gunman’s chest, some in a bag, and other magazines lying in the stairs.

The attack forced students to lock doors and enter classroom corners, jump through windows, and run out of the building in search of safety. A terrified girl said she was face-to-face with the shooter before her gun apparently jammed and she was able to escape. Several people inside the school said they heard the gunman warning, “You’re all going to die!”

The gunman graduated from school last year. The FBI was helping the police with the investigation. Sack, speaking at a news conference, urged people to come forward when someone who appears to be suffering from mental illness or distress “begins to speak up about buying firearms or harming others.”

Relatives of those killed mourned their loss.

“Alexandria was my everything,” her father, Andre Bell, told KSDK-TV. “She was joyful, wonderful, and just a great person.”

Alexandria was outgoing, loved to dance, and was a member of the school’s junior varsity dance team.

Her father said, “She was the girl I loved watching and hearing from her. I could always talk to her no matter how I felt and that was fine. She was my child.”

Abby Kuzka said her mother was killed when the gunman broke into her classroom and went between her and her students.

“My mom loved kids,” Abbey Cuzka told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “She loved her students. I know her students looked at her like she was their mother.”

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People gather outside after the shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis on Monday, October 24, 2022.

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Seven of the injured students are 15 or 16 years old. All were listed in stable condition. Sack said four had gunshot wounds or wounds, two had bruises and one had a broken ankle – apparently from jumping out of a three-story building.

St. Louis School Superintendent Calvin Adams said the school in South St. Louis was closed, with seven security guards near each door. A security guard was initially alerted when he saw the gunman trying to break into one of the doors. He was armed with a gun and “there was no secret about what was about to happen. He let it out and entered in an aggressive, violent manner,” Sack said.

The guard alerted the school authorities and ensured that the police were contacted.

The gunman somehow managed to break in. Sack declined to say how, saying he doesn’t want to “make it easy” for anyone else who wants to enter the school.

Sack offered this timeline of events: A 911 call came in at 9:11 a.m. to alert the police of an active shooter. The officers – some wearing off-duty street clothes – arrived at 9:15 a.m. Police found the gunman at 9:23 a.m. and began shooting at him. He was shot at 9:25 am, police secured him at 9:32 am

Sack said the gunman was armed with about a dozen 30-round high-capacity magazines.

“It could have been much worse,” Sack said.

The Central Visual and Performing Arts shares a building with another magnet school, the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. Central has 383, Collegiate has 336 students.

According to a tally by Education Week, Monday’s school shootings were the 40th this year to result in injury or death – the most in any year since the shootings were tracked in 2018. deadly attacks include Murders at Rob’s Elementary School In Uvalde, Texas, in May, when 19 children and two teachers died. Monday’s St. Louis shooting took place on the same day. Michigan teen indicted Terrorism and first-degree murder in a school shooting in December 2021, in which four students were killed.

Tania Gholston said she had survived when the shooter’s gun jammed as she was entering her classroom. “All I heard was two shots and he came there with a gun,” the 16-year-old told the Post-Dispatch. “I was trying to run and I couldn’t run. Me and he made eye contact but I made it out because his gun jammed.”

Gunman surrenders his weapon at Raymond Parks, a dance teacher at the school, but didn’t shoot him, Parks said. The kids in her class ran outside and Parks tried to stop the traffic and call someone to the police. They came early.

“You couldn’t have asked for better,” Parks said of the police response.

Ashley Ranch said she was teaching advanced algebra to sophomores when she heard a loud bang. Then the school intercom announces, “Miles Davis is in the building.”

“This is our code for the intruder,” Ranch said.

He said the gunman tried to enter the classroom door, but did not forcibly enter. When the police began the beating, she wasn’t sure at first whether it was actually law enforcement until she was able to look outside and see the officers.

“let’s go!” He told the children.

Kuzka, the slain teacher, taught health at Central for 14 years and recently began cross-country coaching at Collegiate, his daughter said. “She was definitely looking forward to retirement. She was close,” said Abhay Kuzka.

His daughter told CBS News that Cuzka is in love with Peanuts’ character Snoopy, and was also a passionate fundraiser for efforts to treat diabetes—which her son was diagnosed with at age 10, according to the school’s website. did.

Kuzca wrote on the school’s website that she knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was in high school.

“I can’t imagine myself in a career other than teaching,” Kuza wrote. “In high school, I took swimming lessons at the YMCA. From that point on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.”

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