News Update!!: Glendale, AZ: Murder suicide shooting at Independence High School.

zachnews-news-update.jpg.jpeg

News Update!!: Glendale, AZ: Murder suicide shooting at Independence High School.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona that occurred on Friday, February 12th, 2016.

According to the Glendale Police Department, the shooting of 2 sophomore students, both 15 years old females, was a murder suicide by a single gunshot each with the weapon was found near their bodies found near the cafeteria under a covered patio on campus and a suicide note was found at the scene.

Authorities are saying that evidence found on scene lead them to believe that one of the girls took the life of the other girl before taking her own life, and detectives also said that the girls were in a relationship.

The Glendale Police Department has not released the identifies of the 2 victims, but friends and family members are identifying the 2 victims to the news media.

A family member told NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12 that the identified of one of the 2 victims is named May Kieu.

CBS affiliate KPHO Channel 5 and KTVK TV3 (AZ Family) are both reporting that friends from the school are identified the 2 victims as Dorothy Dutiel and May Kieu.

The shooting occurred just before 8:00am MT on Friday, February 12th, 2016.

Authorities responded to Independence High School within 2 minutes after receiving reports of the shooting.

CbCDijiW8AA5jbfCbBfUuyXEAAp2Bl CbBtgSiWwAEmm9u CbCJl9ZWIAQI8_f

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12 and NBC News: **

According to Glendale Police Department Spokesperson Tracey Breeden, there were no suspects or persons of interest in this case and there were not aware of any threats to any individual person at the school before or after the shooting.

“We realized it was not an active scene when we got here and then contained once we knew that,” said Glendale Police Department Spokesperson Tracey Breeden.

Authorities closed 75th Avenue from Glendale Avenue to Bethany Home Road during the response.

Posted on their Facebook, Glendale Union High School District confirmed no active shooter was on campus and the school was in a lockdown.

While the school was on lockdown, the students were not allowed to use their cellular phones leaving parents worried wanting to know if they were alright and safe.

Just before 9:00am MT, the principal at Independence High School emailed teachers to allow their students to contact their parents via cellular phone.

CbCH4NxWEAEcDqj CbCMZG6WIAAtTgtCbB336bW8AAOAjm

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12 and NBC News: **

Worried parents were asked to wait at the Walmart at 75th Avenue and Glendale Avenue in Glendale, Arizona where a Mercy Maricopa Crisis Mobile Team was set up on scene.

Parents were visibly anxious with many of the parents waiting to meet their children for more than an hour until they were taken to the Independence High School to meet and pick up their children.

According to Glendale Unified High School District Superintendent Brian Capistran, the cellular phone ban during lockdowns is in place to keep rumors from spreading on social media.

“Typically in this situation we don’t use phones, but we got a flood of calls from parents not getting social media or automated calls so we worked with teachers to get students to contact their parents,” said Glendale Unified High School District Superintendent Brian Capistran.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said that he has faith in the safety of the school saying, “We are very very sad to see this tragedy, but I do feel that IHS is one of the safest high schools and they’ve done great things to prepare for something like this.”

The Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released a statement following the shooting which said, “As details of this morning’s tragic shooting continue to be released, our hearts remain with the students, educators and families of Independence High School and the entire Glendale community. I commend the police officers, first responders, school safety officials, teachers and school administrators for their swift response and diligent work to secure the area and protect the students at the school. The state of Arizona continues to watch the situation closely, and stands at the ready to offer any support the school or community need. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, with everyone on scene and with the community during this difficult time.”

As of 2:30pm MT, authorities reopened 75th Avenue from Glendale Avenue to Bethany Home Road.

According to Glendale Unified High School District Superintendent Brian Capistran, students at Independence High School should expect to attend school on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 after the Presidents’ Day Holiday.

According to the Independence High School’s website, about 2,000 students are enrolled at Independence High School.

The Crisis Response Network that was set up following the shooting is still available at: 1 (800) 203-2273 (CARES).

ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims from Independence High School.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

%d bloggers like this: