- OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters)
- Three students were shot and wounded on Monday when a fellow-student
opened fire with a gun outside a small-town middle school in Fort Gibson,
eastern Oklahoma, police said.
- The suspected shooter, who began firing randomly as students
gathered outside Fort Gibson Middle School for the start of classes at
about 7:45 a.m. (8:45 a.m. EST), has been taken into custody by police.
- Officials said the wounded students were two boys and
a girl, aged 12 or 13.
- Oklahoma City TV station KWTV said one boy was shot in
the leg, the other was hit in the forearm and the girl was shot in the
- Other television reports said the girl's injuries were
more severe and she was flown by helicopter to a Tulsa hospital, 50 miles
away. The two boys were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Muskogee, about
10 miles away.
- ``The students were gathered outside. Another student
just walked up and fired on them,'' Fort Gibson Public Schools superintendent
Steve Wilmoth said on KWTV.
- ``From what I know at this time, it seems to be a random
thing,'' he said.
- Fort Gibson is a town of about 3,500 people 50 miles
southeast of Tulsa. The school has about 450 pupils in grades 6, 7 and
8, school officials said.
- ``It's a very close-knit community,'' Wilmoth said.
- Monday's shooting was the latest in a series of school
gun attacks in the United States. In April two students killed 13 people
before shooting themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
in the deadliest U.S. school shooting.
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