Two 15-year-old girls have been shot dead at a high school in Arizona.
The girls, who both had a single gunshot wound, were found dead and were lying next to a gun, police said.
They were found next a cafeteria at Independence High School in Glendale, Phoenix, at about 8am this morning and police have not ruled out murder-suicide.
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Two 15-year-old girls have been shot dead at Independence High School in Glendale, Phoenix, Arizona
The girls, who both had a single gunshot wound, were found dead and were lying next to a weapon at the school (pictured)
The school was on lockdown this morning as police cordoned off the area following the double shooting
Police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said police were called shortly before 8am (10am EST) and that officers were on scene within two minutes.
‘They were able to locate two female students who are 15 years old. They were found by the main building under a covered area,’ she said.
‘They were deceased at scene. This is a tragic incident and we send our condolences to their loved ones.
‘These two girls were found with a weapon besides them and we are not looking for suspects at this time.’
Breeden would not comment on whether police were investigating a murder-suicide, saying the investigation was at an early stage and the girls’ relationship was unclear.
She added that there did not appear to be any other people near the cafeteria at the time and that no witnesses had come forward thus far.
‘This was a tragic situation here today. We send out our condolences to the parents of these two young girls,’ she said.
Police are in the process of notifying next of kin and have not released the names of the girls.
The girls were found next a cafeteria at Independence High School in Glendale, Phoenix, at about 8am this morning and police are not looking for anyone else involved with the shooting.
Dozens of terrified parents of children inside the school gathered outside as they awaited news
Dozens of police cars and fire crews were seen at the school on Friday morning following the shooting.
The school, which has around 2,000 students, was placed on lockdown but police told parents their children were safe and that they were dealing with an ‘isolated incident’.
As many as 150 terrified parents gathered outside a nearby Walmart as they awaited news about their children.
One mother told ABC 15 that she had spoken to her son on the phone and that he was safe inside a classroom.
‘He’s safe in the room and he’s OK. I thank God,’ she said. ‘He just said that they were trapped in a room.’
The 14-year-old sister of a student inside the school said: ‘Right now we’re just glad that most of the kids are safe.’
Glendale Police told parents their children were safe and that they were dealing with an ‘isolated incident’
Another distraught mother said she was reading a story about the Columbine massacre when she saw police cars heading past her home.
She said one of her daughters had spoken to her but she has not heard from another. She was considering keeping her girls home from school in future
‘I can’t imagine having to drop them off at school next week,’ she said.
A spokesman for Glendale Union High School District said: ‘Independence High School was put on lock down this morning due to a police investigation. Police have secured the campus. There is no active shooter on campus. The investigation is ongoing.
‘The campus remains on lock down and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the campus until the police have lifted the lock down and ensured the safety of the school.
‘Parents will be notified as soon as it is safe for students to be picked up from campus.’
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers tweeted: ‘Our hearts go out to everyone at Independence High School this morning. We are standing by for information.’