An update on the fourteen-year-old student who committed suicide with a gun at Dennis Intermediate School last week:
Police say a 14-year-old Indiana boy’s mother was the 911 caller who warned authorities before the teenager shot his way into a middle school and exchanged gunfire with officers.
State Police said Friday that the mother warned of “imminent danger” before Thursday morning’s shooting at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond. PoliceOne, Boy’s Mother Called 911 Before Indiana School Shooting
His mother apparently called police after the boy used the gun to take another family member hostage for the purpose of forcing them to drive him to the school:
The Indiana State Police confirmed Friday afternoon that the mother of suspect [name omitted] called in the tip warning police about a “potential violent act” at Dennis Intermediate School after the boy took another family member hostage and forced the family member to drive him to the school. WHIO, Richmond School Shooting: 14-year-old Took Hostage, Mom Called in Tip
Because his mother took the step of calling law enforcement they were able to intercept the boy quickly. Countless case studies have shown that shooters – or in this case, potential shooters – confronted by law enforcement frequently turn the gun on themselves.
Speaking as a mother and a gun owner I applaud his mother’s actions in calling law enforcement (although I do wonder how he got his hands on the guns in the first place). Although I am sure she hoped for her son’s survival I am sure she also understood the reality of the situation and that it would likely end in his death. Absolutely heartbreaking. Good for her for calling law enforcement.