A 17 year old killed one sixth grader and injured 5 when he opened fire at Perry High School in Iowa on Thursday Jan. 5, 2024.
The gunman has been identified as Dylan Butler, who was found dead at the scene with details of harrowing messages from his TikTok account emerging after.
Shortly before he went on a frenzy to kill school children, Butler posted a TikTok captioned “now we wait” and the song “Stray Bullet” by the German band KMFDM accompanying it.
Butler opened fire in the school premises at 7:30 am, before the commencement of the first day of classes. Authorities claimed to find a “pretty rudimentary” improvised explosive device in the school, which was disabled.
Authorities then confirmed that Butler was equipped with a pump-action shotgun and a small-caliber handgun.
This is the fifth incident of gun violence in the US just in the new year. Last year, a total of 656 shootings occurred in the US alone, with 37 school shootings in 2023.
The State of Iowa does not require gun owners to hold a permit before purchasing a handgun or carrying a firearm in public.
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