No students injured by gunfire
VANCOUVER, Wash. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY/NBC News) - Two people were shot and wounded during a shooting at a Vancouver, Washington elementary school Tuesday afternoon.
Sheriff's deputies arrived to find the victims lying in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School.
Deputies got a description of the suspect and his vehicle. A short time later they gave chase. The pursuit ended when the suspect pulled over along a parkway and shot himself.
Vancouver Public Schools say the shooting was "targeted," and involved only the adult victims and the adult suspect.
No students or staff members got hurt. In fact, most of the students had already left for the day at the time of the shooting. However, deputies say these incidents still affect the community.
"They're horribly difficult, they have an impact on the victim's family, on the victims themselves, the children that are involved and it also has an impact on the local community, on the school, the people that witnessed, and it also has an impact on the first responders, specifically the deputies that respond and investigate these cases and also witnessed the suspect shoot himself. It has ongoing impact, wide range impact." says Sgt. Brent Waddell of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the suspect only recently got out of jail. They say one of the victims did have a restraining order against him.
Deputies haven't released any information on the conditions of neither the victims nor the suspect.