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Memphis police shoot suspect after attempted ‘mass shooting’ at Jewish school

Officers in Tennessee city say attacker tried to enter Margolin Hebrew Academy, fired handgun outside building

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Police in Memphis, Tennessee said Monday that officers had shot a man after he fired a weapon outside a Jewish school and tried to break inside.

The Memphis Police Department said it had received a call about a suspect armed with a handgun outside the Margolin Hebrew Academy in the early afternoon.

The suspect, a white male, attempted to enter the school but was unable to gain access to the building due to its security doors.

He fired his weapon while outside the school, without causing injuries, then fled the scene in a maroon pickup truck, police said in a statement.

Police issued a broadcast about the vehicle, which officers spotted soon after in the adjacent city of Bartlett.

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When officers stopped the vehicle, the suspect exited with a handgun. A Memphis Police Department officer fired at the suspect, hitting him.

The suspect was transported to a hospital in critical condition, and the attempted attack is under investigation, police said.

A police spokesperson said officers had “mitigated a potential mass shooting situation.”

The Margolin Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox school serving students from preschool through the 12th grade, according to its website.

This is a developing story.