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At least two students were injured in a shooting at a high school in St. Louis on Monday, according to the school district.

A suspect was in custody after officers responded Monday morning to an active shooter incident at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, the St. Louis Police Department said on Twitter.

By 10:45 a.m. local time, the scene was secure, and there was no active threat, the department said.

Earlier, the school and neighboring Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience were locked down, Saint Louis Public Schools wrote on Twitter.

“The shooter was quickly stopped by police inside CVPA,” the district wrote. “We have reports of 2 students injured and on the way to the hospital.”

Students were being evacuated from the schools, the district said. FOX2 livestream helicopter video of the scene showed dozens of students with backpacks running from the campus. Others could be seen attempting to climb over a fence.

The district was encouraging parents and guardians to go to Gateway STEM High School to reunite with students.

Police were asking people to avoid the area, and the investigation into the shooting was ongoing. FBI officers were on the scene.

A ninth grader at the school, Nylah Jones, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she was in math class when the shooter fired into her room from the hallway.

Central Visual and Performing Arts High School is a magnet school with 400 students, according to the school’s website.

“Help us Jesus,” Mayor Tishaura Jones wrote on Twitter early Monday.

A police news conference was expected Monday morning.

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