2 girls shot dead at Arizona high school
The deaths of two 15-year-old girls Friday on the campus of
an Arizona high school are believed to be the result of a
murder-suicide, police said.
The 10th graders at Independence High School in Glendale
had single gunshot wounds and a weapon was found near
their bodies, police said. A suicide note was located.
A shooting was reported just before 8 a.m., when the first
classes were scheduled to start, said Officer Tracey
Breeden. Officers found the girls under a covered patio.
“Although the investigation is not complete, investigators
working the case say evidence found at the scene leads
them to believe that one female took the life of the other
female before taking her own life,” police said later Friday.
friends, and appeared to be in a relationship.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office will make a
final determination of the cause and manner of death. Police
did not identify the girls, citing their juvenile status.
Worried parents gather
Authorities said it is believed no students witnessed the
shooting. Police locked down the school for hours, with
students waiting in classrooms with teachers.
Police asked students’ parents to gather at a nearby
Walmart to await further information. Video from CNN
affiliate KNXV-TV showed scores of people gathered in the
store’s parking lot and more standing across the street.
school district said it would bus parents to the school,
where they would reunite with their children.
“Our prayers are with the students, educators & families at
Independence High School & all the first responders on the
scene,” read a post on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Twitter