One male has been killed and another arrested during a shooting at a USA high school that left a police officer in hospital.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) said law enforcement officers responded to a report "of a male subject who was possibly armed" at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville.
A reunification site was established at the baseball fields behind the high school, the Knoxville Police Department said in another tweet.
The officer who was shot is in "good spirits" and said he'd "rather this happen to him than someone else", Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon told ABC affiliate WATE in Knoxville after visiting his bedside at the hospital.
In a tweet, Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas confirmed a shooting did occur, but the school had been secured, The Associated Press reported. The TBI will lead the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, KPD said. He added in a separate tweet that authorities were gathering information and about "this tragic situation" and that additional information would be provided later. Please avoid the area. Details remained sketchy and news outlets showed numerous police and emergency vehicles at the scene.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it was sending agents to the scene.
Governor Lee was briefed on the shooting just before a scheduled announcement on in-person and virtual learning in Tennessee schools.
The school is a Title 1 school, which is a federal program that provides financial assistance "schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families", according to the USA education department. For example, theft of a firearm - now a misdemeanor that carries a 30-day sentence - will become a felony with a mandatory six month incarceration.
The United States has seen a string of shootings in recent weeks.