Note Left by St. Louis Gunman Shows Mass Shooting at School 'Could Have Been Much Worse'

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RedState reported on Monday evening about a mass shooting that happened at a St. Louis high school, with a lone gunman killing two and injuring six others, before dying in a firefight with police at the scene.


Now, authorities are sharing new details on both the heartbreaking attack, the victims, and the slain shooter.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — The 19-year-old gunman who killed a teacher and a 15-year-old girl at a St. Louis high school was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and what appeared to be more than 600 rounds of ammunition, Police Commissioner Michael Sack said Tuesday.

Orlando Harris also left behind a hand-written note offering his explanation for the shooting Monday at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Tenth-grader Alexzandria Bell and 61-year-old physical education teacher Jean Kuczka died and seven students were wounded before police killed Harris in an exchange of gunfire.

Sack read Harris’ note in which the young man lamented that he had no friends, no family, no girlfriend and a life of isolation. In the note, Harris called it the “perfect storm for a mass shooter.”

The AP also reported on the condition of the injured students, which currently stands at seven:


The seven injured students are all 15 or 16 years old. All were listed in stable condition. Sack said four suffered gunshot or graze wounds, two had bruises and one had a broken ankle — apparently from jumping out of the three-story building.

Luckily, as is often the case in the days and weeks following these heinous killing sprees, signs are pointing to a silver lining on how the event was resolved–and when, the commissioner told reporters:

Sack said Harris had some ammo strapped to his chest, some in a bag, and other magazines were found dumped in stairwells.

“This could have been much worse,” Sack said.

Local authorities also revealed at the press conference that the shooter graduated from Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in 2021, and that the FBI is coordinating with them.

Several local organizations and federal government offices shared resources and information on gatherings on social media, for the community to heal and come together in the wake of the tragedy:

Official Office for Victims of Crime offered these helpful sites to comfort and support victims’ families and anyone else affected by the event:


This faith community extended a space for healing on Wednesday evening:

I’m praying that the community and the victims’ families can find peace, with God’s help.


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