(UnitedHeadlines.com) – One student was killed, and seven people were injured, after a 17-year-old student opened fire at a school in Perry, Iowa.
The shooting occurred in the cafeteria that Perry High School shares with the middle school just before classes were supposed to begin following winter break. The suspect, Dylan Butler, was armed with a pump-action shotgun and a small-caliber handgun and began shooting while students were eating breakfast. A “pretty rudimentary” improvised explosive device was found in Butler’s belongings, according to authorities.
Eleven-year-old Ahmir Jolliff was killed after being shot three times. Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger, four students and two staff members were injured in the shooting, which left Marburger and two students hospitalized.
On Facebook, Bobbi Bushbaum wrote that her son, Corey, suffered a fractured femur and wrist after being shot multiple times. After being wounded, he was able to stumble to a nearby field, where he was loaded into an ambulance. Though he underwent surgery, there were still bullets in his body. In the post, his mother stated it would be weeks before he walks again.
In an effort to protect his students, Marburger “acted selflessly and placed himself in harm’s way, according to the state Department of Public Safety. His daughter, Claire Marburger, stated her father was in stable condition after being in “surgery all day.” According to Perry Superintendent Clark Wicks, Marburger intervened with Butler so students could escape and a wounded student was carried into a safe area by Middle School Assistant Principal Adam Jessen.
Butler posted a photo before the shooting from inside the bathroom at the school with the caption, “Now we wait,” and the German band KMFDM’s song “Stray Bullet” on TikTok. According to two of his friends, Butler had been bullied since elementary school, and the situation escalated when his younger sister was also recently bullied. Butler died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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