The shooter in a school shooting at Hammond High School in Florida has been identified as James Edward Smith, a senior at Paulding County Schools in Pauldings, Florida.
Hammond was a magnet school in Monroe County.
Smith was the principal at Hammond, according to a news release from Paulders County Schools.
“He is a wonderful man, a wonderful teacher and has dedicated his life to educating the children of Paulds County,” Paulder County Schools Superintendent Mike Grosch said in the release.
“This senseless tragedy is beyond comprehension.”
Hammond was placed on lockdown on Wednesday, but school staff members were allowed back in.
“We are still in shock,” school counselor Stephanie McGovern said.
“It’s like the worst thing you can imagine.”
The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m.
The shooting occurred at Hammond’s front door.
Police have not identified the shooter.
A police report has not been released.
According to police, Smith was carrying a 9mm handgun when he entered the school and shot two students in the back.
The students were taken to a hospital.
Two other students were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according the Hammond Police Department.
Hammond police have not released the names of the victims.
Hammond is in Florida’s Lake County, a small town about 75 miles north of Orlando.
According for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Smith is an honor student who attends Hammond High.
He has been with the school district since January.
He was scheduled to teach in June and is scheduled to graduate in August.
Hammond High is a magnet program that students from Poughkeepsie, New York, attend.
Hammond also is a part of the Florida State University System.
Hammond’s principal is Mike Grazch.
Pauldberg County Schools Principal Tim Lippmann told The Orlando Sentinel that the school has reached out to Pauldersen County Schools to provide assistance.
He said the school’s counselors are working with the local school district to determine how to respond to the incident.
“Paulding and Monroe counties are devastated by this tragic event,” Lippman said in a statement.
“Both schools have already been through similar tragedy.
The Hammond High community is working with local law enforcement, community leaders and others to support the families of the deceased.”
The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
The Associated States Department of Education has not released any information on the school.
The district released the following statement on Tuesday night: Hammond is located in a very high crime and violent environment.
Poughsborough County Schools is an active school district.
PCCS will continue to work closely with the Hammond community to support their families and students during this time of tragedy.
In the coming days, PCCSS will provide updates on any additional information.
Hammond School shooting: PCC SES spokesman Mark Condon said the sheriff’s department is still investigating the shooting.
“At this time, there is no active investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the Hammond School shooter,” Condon told the AP.
A person who answered the phone at the Hammond High school on Wednesday afternoon said there were no immediate students there.
The school’s principal did not return messages left at his office.
A search warrant was served at the school on Tuesday, and authorities recovered three handguns, according a news report.
Officials said the guns were unloaded, and the school board approved a security plan to have students wear body armor, including a backpack, to prevent further shootings.
The AP has not independently verified the search warrant.
Hammond school shooting: Police said the gunman was an honors student at Hammond.
Officials say the shooting happened around 10 a.g.
The gunman was not wearing a bulletproof vest, and there were multiple bullet holes in the school building.
The shooter was a sophomore at Hammond who was a member of the high school’s cheerleading squad.
Hammond students, faculty and staff have gathered at a school in Hammond to honor the victims of the shooting, including Pauldiers teacher, teacher assistant, and a nurse.
Officials have not disclosed any other details about the shooting at this time.
Hammond officials did not have a statement from the Hammond school on Thursday, but Superintendent Mike Groch said the district was cooperating with authorities.
The state education department has said that it has taken steps to help the Hammond County schools reopen.
It also has said it will help provide support to the Hammond schools in the coming weeks and months.
Authorities have not said if they will seek the death penalty against the shooter, who has not yet been charged with a crime.
The Florida State Department of Law Enforcement is leading the investigation.
Officials did not say when a judge will rule on the charges.
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