Jason Seaman, a former defensive end for Southern Illinois University, was shot three times while intervening to help stop an active shooter at Noblesville West Middle School in IN on Friday, the IndyStar reports.
Jason Seaman, 30, was shot three times as he brought the gunman to the ground in his classroom at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday shortly after 9am.
According to witnesses, Seaman bravely tackled the student and swatted the gun away from him, possibly saving others from getting injured.
Seaman played for Southern Illinois from 2007 to 2010 as a defensive end, notching 88 tackles and eight sacks with two forced fumbles in 47 games for the Salukis.
Stonebraker told ABC News that Seaman threw a basketball at the shooter and ran toward the bullets as screaming students sought cover behind a table.
"She's a stellar student", the family friend said.
Investigators also said they do not know yet if the shooter had any previous problems at school or run-ins with police.
Noblesville Schools Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer sent a statement following that press conference, where she praised the school staff, saying they "stayed calm, showed courage and followed out safety protocols".
Jacob Long, an eighth-grader, said students throughout the school were crying in their classrooms while teachers took off their belts to tether doors. Authorities haven't publically identified the suspect they have in custody.
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A teacher inside of the school said students are being moved to the high school.
Whistler was shot along with teacher Jason Seaman, who reportedly thwarted the shooter.
"We do know the situation resolved extremely quickly", Police Chief Kevin Jowitt told reporters in Noblesville, which is about 25 miles (42 km) northeast of Indianapolis.
IN investigators say the student asked to be excused and then came back to science class with two handguns. A school resource officer was there but it is not clear where he or she was stationed.
"We were all pretty scared", Jayden said.
Police will not reveal the shooter's identity nor will they say how they think the gunman got the guns into the school. The middle school has about 1,300 students from grades 6-8.
"Well, my ex-wife called me and she was hysterical and couldn't even talk", he said.
Vice President Mike Pence, who previously served as governor of IN, offered prayers for the victims.