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Shooting at graduation ceremony leaves 1 hurt as police search for suspect

POLICE are at the scene of a high school in Michigan where at least one person has been shot.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is now searching for a suspect who fired shots at East Kentwood High School.

At least one person has been shot at East Kentwood High School in Michigan

At least one person has been shot at East Kentwood High School in MichiganCredit: Google

The gunfire was reported around 7.20pm as a graduation ceremony was being held, police say.

Sixty students, their families, friends, and teachers were at the stadium at the high school when shots were fired.

One person was hurt in the shooting, and a middle school concert was also underway in the high school’s auditorium at the time, the school district said.

Video from the scene showed crime tape blocking much of the parking lot by the stadium.

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“One person confirmed to have been shot,” the sheriff’s office said in an update on social media.

“The suspect is outstanding at this time.”

The shooting happened after the Crossroads Alterative High School graduation, according to Kentwood Public Schools.

The superintendent released a statement saying: “When violence occurs within our community, it is both troubling and tragic.

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“We remain committed to the health and safety of our community and will provide support and counseling to any students that need assistance.”

Further details about the shooting and condition of the victim were not immediately available.

GRAD CEREMONY SHOOTINGS

The shooting outside the Michigan school on Thursday comes after a series of shootings at graduation ceremonies in the past few weeks.

At the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro on Wednesday evening, one person died while another was critically injured in a shooting that took place after Riverdale High School’s graduation.

Witnesses said they heard between six and eight gunshots.

That shooting came less than a week after one person was killed and three more injured in a shooting outside a high school graduation ceremony in Arkansas.

It happened last Thursday outside the Hot Springs Convention Center, which had hosted a graduation for Hot Springs World Class High School.

Hot Springs School District Superintendent Stephanie Nehus said in a statement that no current students or graduates were involved.

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