On Thursday, the first day back after winter break, a 17-year-old student armed with two guns and a homemade explosive device opened fire inside his rural Iowa high school, killing one student and injuring five others before turning the pistol on himself, according to officials.
A sixth grader at Perry’s Middle School was shot and killed by Dylan Butler, a senior at Perry High School, when he opened fire on Thursday morning.
Governor Kim Reynolds expressed her condolences to the community and described the shooting as a “senseless tragedy” that has rocked Perry and the state.
Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, stated during a press conference that responding officers discovered shot victims and the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Before going on a rampage, Butler had uploaded a TikTok video from the school restroom. “Now we wait” was the caption he wrote for the photo, with the song “Stray Bullet” playing in the background.
The Associated Press was informed by two of his fellow students that he was a reserved individual who had endured years of bullying.
“He was hurting. He got tired. He got tired of the bullying. He got tired of the harassment. Was it a smart idea to shoot up the school? No. God, no,” said 17-year-old Yesenia Roeder.