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Minnesota school shooting leaves 1 dead

Rocori High School students embrace Wednesday evening at a local church.
Rocori High School students embrace Wednesday evening at a local church.

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(CNN) -- One student was killed and another injured Wednesday in a shooting at a high school in Cold Spring, Minnesota, officials said.

Authorities arrested a 15-year-old student in connection with the shootings and recovered a handgun believed to have been used in the crime, according to a statement from the Stearns County Sheriff's Department.

The wounded students were taken to St. Cloud Hospital, where one later died of a gunshot wound, the statement said.

Authorities were called to Rocori High School at 11:38 a.m. CT (12:38 p.m. ET). Rocori Area School Superintendent Scott Staska said in a news conference that one shooting occurred in a weight-lifting room and the other in the school's gymnasium.

A coach managed to talk the suspect into surrendering his gun, Staska said.

"The coach did a tremendous job," he said.

Staska said there was nothing about the 15-year-old suspect to suggest he would commit such an act.

"We had no reason to suspect an incident like this," he said. "(He had) some typical disciplinary issues in the past but nothing to lead us to believe an incident like this would occur."

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said the suspect is being held at the East Stearns County Jail.

"My understanding is that a statement has been taken from the suspect," the sheriff said at the news conference. "He has been cooperating with us."

Sanner said the FBI and ATF are helping in the investigation.

The high school will be closed Thursday as authorities continue their investigation, Staska said, but high school students will be required to attend a two-hour meeting to discuss the incident and begin counseling. That meeting will be held at the middle school.

Cold Spring is about 66 miles west of Minneapolis.


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