Updated Feb 2, 2022 - News

1 student killed, 1 injured in shooting outside Minnesota school

Police and paramedics arrive at South Education Center Academy in Richfield Tuesday afternoon.
Police and paramedics arrive at South Education Center in Richfield, Minn., following a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

One student was killed and another critically injured in a shooting outside a suburban Minneapolis school on Tuesday, police confirmed.

The latest: Police said Wednesday that the shooting at South Education Center in Richfield followed a dispute involving five students.

  • Students Alfredo Rosario Solis, 19, and Fernando Valdez-Alvarez, 18, were arrested Tuesday in connection to the shooting, police said.

What happened: Officers arrived at South Education Center just after noon to find two students shot outside the school, Richfield police chief Jay Henthorne said at a news conference Tuesday.

  • Both students were taken to the hospital, where one died. The other remains in critical condition.
  • The suspects had fled the scene.

The victim: Jahmari Rice, a high school student who had transferred to South Education Center this week, was identified by friends and a family attorney as the boy killed by the gunfire, the Star Tribune reports.

  • "Jahmari had heart. He was a good kid," his former football coach told the paper.

The response: School and local leaders expressed shock over the shooting, which triggered afternoon lockdowns at several nearby schools.

  • "Richfield has long been a close-knit, safe and welcoming community," the City Council said in a joint statement. "Everyone in our community deserves to feel safe in their schools and in their community, and today this safety was threatened."

What's next: A vigil for the victim was planned for Wednesday.

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