Buffalo Police Now Say Student Stabbed, Guard Shot During School Attack

Buffalo police in upstate New York confirmed that a shooting and stabbing took place Wednesday afternoon outside McKinley High School, with at least two injuries reported. Initial reports indicated that a male student and a security guard had both been shot. However, investigators later determined that the student had been stabbed instead, according to local ABC affiliate WKBW.

Law enforcement has not yet taken any suspects into custody, according to Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia of the Buffalo Police Department. Gramaglia said that police had "a lot of resources" and were "following up on some very quick leads" in the search for the suspect. He added that the immediate area was secure.

The injured student, 14, was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and the stab wound was discovered. His current status is not clear.

The security guard was shot in his leg and taken to the ECMC Hospital in Buffalo, according to WKBW, which cited Buffalo police. He was reportedly facing "non-life-threatening" injuries.

"My heart is with the Buffalo community tonight after the shooting at McKinley High School. I'm praying that the student and school security officer who suffered injuries make a full recovery," tweeted New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Gramaglia said that authorities believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute between multiple people, but they could not immediately identify whether those involved in the dispute were students.

The school was cleared of all suspects, and there were more than 100 students inside, Gramaglia said. He also noted that the shooting took place about 20 minutes after dismissal for the day, so many were likely gone by that point. Parents waited near the school for their children to be released.

"The principal is collecting the names of the parents and who they are here to pick up and they're going to do it in a very controlled manner so that we don't have all the students just coming out," Gramaglia told reporters Wednesday afternoon. "We want to make sure we reunite students with parents and get them linked together as opposed to just letting anybody walk out."

The nearby SUNY Buffalo State College imposed a shelter-in-place order after campus police "received a report of an armed person near campus," the school said in a tweet.

It later said all evening classes and on-campus events had been canceled, urging students currently not on campus to avoid traveling there. The college also said it would issue an all-clear message once the shelter-in-place is lifted.

Newsweek has reached out to the Buffalo Police Department.

Update 2/9/22, 10 p.m.: A previous headline to this article stated that two victims had been shot. The article was updated to reflect that police have determined one of the victims suffered a knife wound, as well as to add further details and a statement from New York Attorney General Letitia James. An earlier update also added information on the shooting and search efforts for a suspect.

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At least two people were injured in a Buffalo high school shooting, with a student suffering a stab wound, according to Buffalo police. Above, the lights of a police vehicle are seen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 24, 2021. Matt Rourke/AP Photo