10 die in US school shooting

A schoolboy shot dead nine people and then killed himself at Red Lake High School in the US State of Minnesota. The boy, who is thought to be a local teenager, reportedly killed two of his grandparents first, before storming the school. At least 12 other people were injured during the violence.  Authorities are comparing the tragedy to the 1999 Columbine killings when two teenage gunmen killed 13 people and then themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Police have launched an investigation into Monday’s shootings on the Red Lake reservation, which lies about 390km north of the state capital, St Paul. Those who died at the scene included a teacher, a security guard, two boys – including the teenage gunman – and two girls. Two more wounded pupils died afterwards. A local fire chief was quoted as saying that a pupil had walked into the school while classes were going on. He also said that the boy was carrying several weapons, including a shotgun and a pistol. According to witnesses the boy was grinning and waving as he fired. Police are currently investigating the shootings and have closed off the whole area.