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Three shots fired at Aussie school: cops

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The private school educates children from Kindergarten to Year 10.

A Perth school has been placed into lockdown, with a teenager, believed to be a former student, taken into custody following a shooting incident.

WA Police said their officers were called to reports of shots being fired at Atlantis Beach Baptist College, on Breakwater Drive in the outer-northern suburb of Two Rocks about 11.50am on Wednesday.

Speaking to media on Wednesday afternoon, WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch said the teenager is believed to be a former student of the college, and to have fired three shots, one of which hit a school building with people inside it.

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A 15-year-old student was taken into police custody on Wednesday following a shooting incident.

He said “very young” students were among those who called triple-0 after the shots were heard, and that those who called provided “great detail”.

Police have arrested the teenager and seized two firearms, both rifles, from a black four-wheel-drive vehicle which they allege he drove to the school.

“We’ve found three shells, we believe three shots were fired, and at least one of them hit a school building,” Commissioner Blanch said.

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The private school educates children from Kindergarten to Year 10.

He said there had been no injuries as a result of the incident, and that there was no further threat to the public.

“It really shocked me that this has occurred in Western Australia, but what I’m really pleased about is the response from the school and the response from the community,” he said.

“This is one of the most rarest incidents in Australia … I truly believe this is a rare incident, and a one-off.”

Police are now at the home of the 15-year-old, and the Commissioner confirmed his parents would be questioned as part of the investigation.

“This will be a very thorough investigation,” he said, adding “how does a 15-year-old get a hold of two lethal weapons and fire them in a suburban school area?”

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“I want to reassure the parents and the community that we have a significant number of police resources on site, and we’re dealing with the situation,” WA Police Inspector Geoff DeSanges said earlier in the day.

“We ask that parents and members of the public give us some distance to complete our duties.”

Footage of children leaving school for the day showed tearful parents hugging their kids tightly following the harrowing ordeal.

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The 15-year-old allegedly fired shots in the car park of the Atlantis Beach Baptist College in the outer-north Perth suburb of Two Rocks.

It’s understood some students were in lockdown for an hour or more.

“I was just going into my class and then someone said they saw someone with a gun or something,” one girl told Nine News.

“I was scared, I was nervous … I just followed my class, we went into a storage room and hid for about half an hour.”

“My friend was outside getting a drink, she heard gunshots from the carpark, and then kindy kids and teachers running away from it,” another student told Nine.

“I‘m wondering how I’m going to send my kids to the school, you know, later on and know that they’re safe,” said one parent.

Road closures around the school were in place for some time.

Forensic police officers combed the school’s car park for hours following the incident, recovering at least three shells from the scene.

NCA NewsWire has contacted the school for comment.