An Indiana middle school science teacher was being hailed for his quick actions Friday after he reportedly tackled a student who barged into his classroom and opened fire.
The teacher, Jason Seaman, and a 13-year-old female student were both wounded by gunfire inside the Noblesville West Middle School and were being treated at area hospitals, police said. Their conditions were not known.
Meanwhile, police were questioning the shooting suspect — a male student — and trying to come up with a motive, Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said.
It was not immediately clear where the student got the weapon, how he got it into the school, or whether he was targeting anybody in particular, a police spokesman said.
But seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker said Seaman, who is also one of the school’s football coaches, probably averted a massacre at the school, which is located 20 miles north of Indianapolis.
“Our science teacher immediately ran at him, swatted a gun out of his hand and tackled him to the ground,” Stonebraker told The Associated Press. “If it weren’t for him, more of us would have been injured for sure.”
Seaman’s brother Jeremy told The Indianapolis Star that he was a former defensive end for Southern Illinois University — and a gutsy guy.
“It’s not surprising, to be honest,” he said of his brother’s reported heroics. “He’s not really ever been the person to run away. When the safety of the kids is at hand, it’s not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do.”
The shooting at the school, has more than 1,300 pupils, was reported at 9:06 a.m., Jowitt said.
Eighth-grader Chris Navarro said he was inside an auditorium and waiting for the bell to change classes when he heard what sounded like 16 gunshots.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Corky Siemaszko