LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Twenty-four hours after a school shooting gripped a community, local leaders took turns at a press conference podium praising the actions of all those who helped end a frantic situation with a peaceful arrest.
"We prepare and train for incidents like these, and we hope they never happen," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said about Tuesday's shooting at Fern Creek High School. "This city's collective response to the incident yesterday was to be commended."
Added Louisville Metro Police Deputy Chief Yvette Gentry: "You're hearing a lot (about) LMPD, but Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was in the front of that. They had boots on the ground initially with their school resource officer there, and he did a phenomenal job of getting that under control, and that helped us to come in behind him and make it all work."
And Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens said she was "very proud of our students, out teachers and our staff who remained calm, focused and brave during this challenging situation."
A teenage boy shot a student in a third-floor classroom at the school. The student who was shot was not the intended target, WAVE 3 News confirmed Wednesday, but is expected to make a full recovery. The shooter fled the school but was taken into custody at a nearby apartment complex several hours later.
As students returned to the classroom, some were nervous. "I feel sick to my stomach honestly," said Brianna Bass, Fern Creek student. "I don't know. It's just scary."
Now, as investigators look into the case and prosecutors push to try the shooter as an adult, authorities will evaluate how they handled the incident and what they can do better if there is a next time.
"The only thing we want to do quickly is apprehend the subject and make sure the school is safe and render it safe," Gentry said. "We want to get the kids home, but that doesn't need to happen instantly. We just want to make sure everyone is accounted for ... (But) now that it has happened here, we'll take the lessons we learned and we'll get better."
All students were evacuated from the school by 3 pm and the building was then secured. It was an hour later that the alleged shooter was taken into custody. Police arrested the juvenile not far from where the students were taken to at Fern Creek Park. LMPD says that decision of moving hte students out of the school is being reviewed.
"At that time it was a place that we could get the kids to reasonably quickly," said Gentry.
Added Hargens: "The Fern Creek High School safety plan was executed very well. That said, JCPS will review our school and district safety protocols to make sure we did our best to ensure the safety of our students and staff."
Fischer said officers arrived at the school within five minutes of the first call, and three minutes after the official dispatch.
"All of our schools are safe," Gentry declared.