St. Louis school shooting suspect had AR-15-style rifle, 600 rounds of ammunition: Police

A 19-year-old freshman was armed with an AR-15 rifle and more than 600 rounds of ammunition when he opened fire at St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday morning, killing two and injuring several others. according to authorities.

The suspect, who was also killed during the exchange of gunfire at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts, was identified by police as Orlando Harris, who graduated from the high school last year.

Harris, who had no criminal history, left a handwritten note in his car stating his desire to “shoot up this school,” the St. Louis Police Commissioner said. Louis, Michael Sack, said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Sack said Harris wrote: “I don’t have any friends, I don’t have any family, I’ve never had a girlfriend, I’ve never had a social life.” Sack says Harris is a self-described “recluse,” who was “the perfect storm for a big shot.”

PHOTO: Law enforcement investigates the scene of a shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts, on Oct.  24, 2022, St.  Louis.

Law enforcement investigates the scene of a shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts, on Oct. 24, 2022, St. Louis.

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PHOTO: Law enforcement investigates the scene of a shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts, on Oct.  24, 2022, St.  Louis.

Law enforcement investigates the scene of a shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts, on Oct. 24, 2022, St. Louis.

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Officials said Monday there were “suspicions that he may have had a mental illness.”

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The two slain victims have been identified by the school district as 15-year-old student Alexandria Bell and 61-year-old physical education teacher Jean Kuczka.

PHOTO: Student Alexandria Bell, 15, died during the shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts in St.  Louis, on October 24, 2022.

Student Alexandria Bell, 15, died during the shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts in St. Louis, on Oct. 24. 2022.

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PHOTO: Physical education teacher Jean Kuczka, 61, died in a shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts in St.  Louis, on October 24, 2022.

Physical education teacher Jean Kuczka, 61, died in the shooting at the Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, on Oct. 24. 2022.

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Seven other victims, all aged 15 or 16, were injured and hospitalized. All were listed in stable condition, according to St. Louis police. Louis.

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Sack said Harris had seven handgun magazines on his chest strap and had eight handgun magazines in the backpack.

He added: “This does not include the number of magazines he left on the steps of the corridors on the way.

PHOTO: People gather outside after the shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts high school in St.  Louis, on October 24, 2022.

People gather outside after the shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts high school in St. Louis, on Oct. 24. 2022.

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PHOTO: Students stand in the parking lot near the High School of Visual & Performing Arts after the shooting at St.  Louis, on Oct. 24.  2022.

Students stand in the parking lot near the High School of Visual & Performing Arts after reports of a shooting at St. Louis, on Oct. 24. 2022.

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The shooting was reported around 9:10 a.m. local time, police said.

Officials did not say how the gunman entered the building, but police stressed that the school’s doors were locked. On Tuesday, an official said he did not enter the school with a check.

PHOTO: Police say a 19-year-old student was armed with an AR-15 rifle when he entered St.  Louis, Missouri, during a press conference on Oct. 25.  2022, the day after the shooting.

Police said the 19-year-old student was armed with an AR-15 rifle when he entered St. Louis, Missouri, high school, during a press conference on Oct. 25. 2022, the day after the shooting.

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Seven guards were at the school, according to the Superintendent of St. Louis, Kelvin Adams. Officials said security staff noticed the suspect’s attempt to enter the school and immediately alerted other staff.

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“This could have been a tragic event — it was not by the grace of God,” Sack said Tuesday.

PHOTO: Students and faculty gather with first responders outside Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St.  Louis, Oct.  24, 2022, after the shooting.

Students and faculty gather with first responders outside Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis. Louis, Oct. 24, 2022, after the shooting.

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PHOTO: First responders at the scene of the shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts in St.  Louis, Oct.  24, 2022.

First responders to the shooting at the High School of Visual and Performing Arts in St. Louis, Oct. 24, 2022.

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“It’s very easy to get guns,” Sack said at a press conference on Monday. “I’ve said it before — gun laws in Missouri [are] it’s too broad … they can carry them openly down any street, and there’s nothing we can do.”

Mayor of St. Louis Tishaura Jones said he visited the students when the school year started.

“They had bright eyes, with a bushy tail. We were laughing, singing, dancing. And now to be here for such a devastating and traumatic situation breaks the heart of by,” he said. “I feel bad for these families who send their children to our schools in the hope that they will be safe. Our children should not have to experience this.”

PHOTO: Broken glass on the north side entrance of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School after a shooting in St Louis, Missouri, Oct.  24, 2022.

Broken glass in the north entrance of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School after a shooting in St Louis, Missouri, Oct. 24, 2022. Two people were killed and several others were injured by a gunman who opened fire on a high ground. school.

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PHOTO: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents with an FBI agent and St. Louis police.  Louis, walk outside the north side of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School after a shooting, Oct.  24, 2022, St.  Louis.

Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms agents along with an FBI agent and a St. Louis metropolitan police officer. Louis, walk outside the north side of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School after the shooting, Oct. 24, 2022, St. Louis.

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the shooting at Monday’s press briefing, saying, “We need more action to stop the epidemic of gun violence.”

“Every day that the Senate fails to send an arms embargo to the president’s desk, or waits to take … other ordinary actions, is a day too late for our families and our nation. affected by gun violence,” he told reporters.

At Tuesday’s press conference Sack urged anyone to notify police if they “know of someone who appears to be suffering from some type of mental illness or depression,” and talk about buying guns or causing harm. .

ABC News’ Ben Gittleson, Darren Reynolds, Matt Foster and Teddy Grant contributed to this report.

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