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September 26, 2012

UPDATE: Stillwater police confirm student died of self-inflicted gunshot

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STILLWATER —

Fleisher said the lockdown lasted until about 9 a.m.
Buses had arrived by then. The junior students were loaded on the buses and driven to Cimarron Plaza. School officials had asked parents to pick up the students in the parking lot.
School officials checked parent’s identification before releasing students into their care.
Cross Brand Cowboy Church youth pastor John Brown’s sister is an eighth-grader at Stillwater Junior High. Once he learned she was safe, Brown said he went to Cimarron Plaza to provide counseling if needed.
“At that point, I knew I needed to be there as a pastor,” he said.
Cross Brand Cowboy Church Pastor Tyler McDowell also went to Cimarron Plaza to help in any way possible.
“We are certainly praying for everyone involved. We don’t want to get in the way, but we wanted to be here if we are needed,” McDowell said.
Students said the shooting occurred in what they called “The Pit,” a student gathering area in the middle of the school complex. It is located in front of the school’s library.
The police said the shooting occurred in a school hallway.
“No one else was injured,” Dickerson said. “No one else was in danger.”
The police department spokesman didn’t know if any students witnessed the shooting. “I assume so,” he said. “The hallway was probably full of kids that time of day.”
Stillwater Junior High students said the shooting caught them off-guard.
“Everyone thought it was a joke at first,” ninth-grader Ashlyn Lundholm said. “Then, I heard people screaming. Then, we went to lockdown for 35 to 40 minutes.”
An eighth-grade student said he witnessed the shooting.
“I saw him on the ground,” Aaron Veselak said. “There was blood all around his head.”
Here is the text of Superintendent Caine’s message to parents and staff.

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