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Middle schooler shoots three students before being disarmed

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Officials in Boise, Idaho are currently investigating after a middle school student somehow got ahold of a handgun and shot several students at her school.

The incident was reported at Rigby Middle School in Jefferson County.

Authorities say the child brought the gun to school in her bookbag on Thursday, and at around 9:15 a.m. fired multiple rounds inside and outside of the school.

Two students were struck by bullets before a female teacher was able to wrestle the gun out of the student’s hands. The teacher then held the student until authorities arrived to take her into custody.

Both students were said to have been shot in their limbs and are expected to survive. At least one of the students may require surgery.

Authorities say they are still searching for a motive in the shooting and are trying to figure out where the student got the gun.

“We don’t have a lot of details at this time of ‘why’ — that is being investigated,” Anderson said. “We’re following all leads.”

The school and several schools surrounding schools will remain closed to allow students to seek counseling and to spend time with their families.

The governor has since released a statement about the incident, sending prayers to the families of those involved and thanking law enforcement agencies:

“I am praying for the lives and safety of those involved in today’s tragic events,” Gov. Brad Little said in a statement. “Thank you to our law enforcement agencies and school leaders for their efforts in responding to the incident.”