A teenage boy opened fire inside the high school on the Red Lake, Mn., Indian Reservation yesterday, killing seven people before turning the gun on himself, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The boy identified as Jeff Weise, 17, apparently shot and killed his grandfather — a Red Lake police officer — and his grandfather’s girlfriend before heading to the school in his grandfather’s squad car. Twelve other people at the school were wounded. The killing spree was the deadliest at a U.S. school since the 1999 killings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Co., in which 15 people died and 23 were wounded.
Weise entered the building carrying a shotgun and at least one handgun. The reservation is in northern Minnesota, about 260 miles from the Twin Cities. The tribe has an enrollment of 10,000, with roughly 4,700 members living on the reservation. Floyd Jourdain Jr., Red Lake tribal chairman, said the high school “probably was one of the first in the nation to do screening and have security officers.” He said the security was implemented “before Columbine, but this just could not be prevented.”