Noblesville school shooting: New details about the day of the shooting
The juvenile court hearing on Monday for the suspect in the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School has revealed new details about the May 25 incident, which left two injured.
The suspect, a 13-year old boy, has agreed to the juvenile court version of a guilty plea. The suspect's mother has taken the stand to talk about her son and the guns in their home, and prosecutors have shared new information about the suspect and how the events unfolded that day.
IndyStar is not naming the suspect because he is not being charged as an adult.
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Here is all of the new information we've learned so far at the hearing:
The day before the shooting
- The suspect filmed a nearly two-minute video in his family basement the day before the shooting, revealing a .45-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber handgun with a silencer attached, according to prosecutors. The boy said on the video: "Tomorrow's Friday, you know what that means. I have to take other people's lives before I take my own."
- Prosecutors said the boy warned three classmates with text messages that read: "Don't come to school tomorrow."
- The boy's mother testified that there are guns in the home, including the two handguns that the boy brought to school. She said the gun safe is in the basement, near where the boy plays first-person shooter games. Prosecutors showed photos of the safe with the keys hanging out of the lock.
- The boy's mother said his father taught him about gun safety, and said they are responsible gun owners.
- An investigator testified that the boy's internet search history included the terms: "Columbine," "Sandy Hook," "school shooting memes," "what was the largest mass shooting in America," and "Noblesville West Middle School blueprint".
The day of the shooting
- The boy's mother said the morning of the shooting was normal, and the boy got ready for school and talked about an upcoming band concert.
- According to prosecutors, the seventh-grade boy came to school with weapons in his backpack, put the bag in his locker and went to class.
- Prosecutors said during the boy's second period science class with Jason Seaman, students took a quiz on school-issued iPads. The boy finished early, asking to be excused. He went to his locker, got his backpack and headed to the bathroom, where he left the bag.
- Prosecutors said Seaman was helping student Ella Whistler with a question about the quiz. Seaman testified that he heard a knock on the classroom door, and non-verbally instructed another student to open the door.
- According to prosecutors, the suspect returned to the classroom with weapons hidden in his hooded sweatshirt. The boy entered and fired the .22-caliber handgun, hitting Seaman.
- Seaman was holding a small basketball that he "double-pumped," which he said he learned in training. He said he threw it at the boy as hard as he could and went to rush him in a "bear hug."
- Prosecutors said the boy kept firing, striking Seaman and Whistler. Seaman said he pinned the boy to the ground, which caused him to drop the weapon. Seaman said he shouted at the other students to "Run, get out of the classroom, call 911."
- Seaman testified that he asked the shooter if he had any other weapons, and unloaded another gun and ammunition.
- An eighth-grade teacher in the hallway saw the disturbance and called the school office to request a resource officer, said prosecutors. Seaman said the school resource officer entered the classroom with a key, searched the room for other weapons and checked Seaman's wounds.
- Seaman said he was shot three times — once in the abdomen, once in the right forearm, and once in the right hip. He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
After the shooting
- According to prosecutors, authorities found what they believed to be the shooter's backpack in the bathroom. There were 100 rounds inside for one of the handguns the boy brought to school, as well as rounds for a 9 mm pistol that was discovered at the boy's home.
- Prosecutors said Whistler was hit in the chest, neck and arm, and one round was found in a cabinet. Authorities found seven shell casings at the scene.
- Ella's mother, Julia, testified that after the shooting, Ella was at risk for a stroke. She was in surgery at Riley Children's Hospital for six hours.
- Julia Whistler said Ella sustained "severe damage" to an artery in her right arm. Doctors told the family not to expect a full recovery in the arm.
- The boy was questioned by the judge at the hearing, and he said the way prosecutors described the incident was accurate.
- The director of the juvenile detention center testified that in August, the boy was given Lego bricks but they were taken away after he used to them make a gun.