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Two wounded in Omaha school shooting, suspect found dead

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | 3:18 p.m. CST; updated 10:06 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. — A student opened fire at an Omaha high school on Wednesday, wounding two adults and causing students to rush into a school kitchen to take cover before his body was found in a car about a mile away, authorities said.

Omaha police officer Jake Bettin said no other students were wounded during the shooting at Millard South High School.

Two adults were wounded and were taken to Creighton University Medical Center. Their identities and conditions were not immediately known, and Bettin did not have any further details about the suspect and how he died.

A 16-year-old student at the school told The Associated Press she was just beginning lunch when the principal rushed into the cafeteria.

"He was like yelling, 'Get in the kitchen! Get in the kitchen!' He was waving his arms. You knew something was wrong, and it wasn't a drill," said Laura Olson, who is the daughter of an AP reporter.

Olson, a junior, estimated that she'd been rushed into the kitchen with several dozen students around 12:45 p.m.

The school was on lockdown after the shooting, but by 3 p.m., students were being released in groups from the school. Parents were allowed to pick them up at a nearby church.

The high school sits on the west side of Omaha, within city limits, and has about 2,100 students.


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