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11-year-old killed in Iowa school shooting identified while principal remains in critical condition

The principal of Perry High School was shot multiple times after trying to protect students during the Jan. 4 shooting, authorities said



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The sixth-grade student killed in the Jan. 4 mass shooting at Perry High School in Iowa has now been identified as 11-year-old boy Ahmir Jolliff, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) confirmed in a news release.

Jolliff’s cause of death was determined to be three gunshot wounds from the shooter, DPS said. The shooter, identified as 17-year-old high school student Dylan Butler, died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The high school principal, two more staff members and four students were also injured in the shooting, which started in the cafeteria before class started around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities had previously reported five injuries in addition to those who died, but that number has since increased to seven people who “suffered wounds or injuries of varying degrees” during the shooting, according to the DPS Criminal Investigation Division.

“Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger has been identified as suffering multiple gunshot wounds and remains in critical condition,” DPS said in the news release. “The investigation to date confirms that Principal Marburger acted selflessly and placed himself in harm’s way in an apparent effort to protect his students. Director Marburger and two students currently remain in the hospital. The remainder have been treated and released.”

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed the community in Perry, about 40 miles northwest of Des Moines, during a Jan. 4 news conference.

“Our hearts are heavy today and our prayers are with the Perry community,” Reynolds said. “This goes to the core of everything we hold dear. This senseless tragedy has shaken our entire state to its core, and I want this community to know that every Iowan stands with you.”

“It is impossible to understand why something like this happens, but again, I want you to know that we will work tirelessly to get the answers so we can prevent it from happening again,” Reynolds added.



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Police respond to the shooting at Perry High School.

Authorities continue their investigation as students, teachers and the community mourn.

“Investigators have seized large amounts of evidence from digital and social media and it will take some time to review,” DPS added. “Background investigations, as well as eyewitness accounts and interviews with victims, are continuing.”

“Once the investigation is complete, the DCI (Division of Criminal Investigation) investigative report will be turned over to the Dallas County Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, additional action should be taken,” the press release said.

PEOPLE contacted DPS for more details about the shooting.

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