Oct 25, 2022 - World

St. Louis school shooter had AR-15-style weapon, 600 rounds of ammo

Authorities walk outside Central Visual and Performing Arts High School after a shooting in St Louis, Missouri on Oct. 24, 2022. Photo: TIM VIZER/AFP via Getty Images

The gunman who killed two people at a St. Louis high school Monday had an AR-15-style rifle and what appeared to be more than 600 rounds of ammunition, Police Commissioner Michael Sack said Tuesday.

Driving the news: Authorities also found a handwritten note from the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Orlando Harris, in which he spoke about conducting the school shooting, Sack said.

  • The police commissioner read an excerpt of the note: "I don't have any friends. I don't have any family. I've never had a girlfriend, I've never had a social life. I've been an isolated loner my entire life. This was the perfect storm for a mass shooting."
  • The suspect also brought in "a large quantity" of ammunition strapped to his chest, some in a field bag that he carried, and other magazines that were found dumped in the stairwells, according to authorities.

Catch up quick: A teacher and a 16-year-old girl were fatally shot and seven students were wounded in the attack at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, from which Harris graduated last year.

  • The victims were identified as 10th-grader Alexzandria Bell and 61-year-old physical education teacher Jean Kuczka, per AP.
  • Police said they killed the suspect in an exchange of gunfire.

The big picture: The tragedy was one of 581 mass shootings this year where at least four people were shot, not including the shooter, as of Monday, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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