The 15-year-old son of an anti-drug task force leader is suspected in Minnesota’s first fatal shooting in a high school, the St. Cloud Times reports. A student at Rocori High School died and another was critically injured yesterday.
Aaron Rollins, 17, a senior, died after being shot once in the neck. Seth Bartell, 15, a freshman, was in critical condition after being shot the head and chest.
A teacher stopped suspected shooter John Jason McLaughlin, who was taken into custody moments after the shooting. He is in jail. McLaughlin’s name was not released, but the newspaper says that several sources confirmed it. The suspect’s father, Dave McLaughlin, leads the Central Minnesota Drug Task Force and works for the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the motive for the shootings was unclear, but neighbors of McLaughlin said he suffered teasing over his acne and seemed to withdraw because of that.
School Superintendent Scott Staska said that after the shooting, the school instituted a “Code Red” plan, locking down the building, keeping students behind classroom doors locked from the inside and ushering those not in classrooms into safe places. “We just practiced it two weeks ago, and frankly it worked better today than it did in practice,” he said.