Marinette, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - The hostage situation at Marinette High School has been resolved, and all hostages have been released. The gunman, a 15 year old student, has died after shooting himself.
23 high school students and their teacher are safe after nearly five hours of terror. The group was held hostage in their classroom by a fellow student, armed with two guns, just as the school day was wrapping up Monday. As the hours passed, family and friends of the hostages gathered nearby hoping for answers. Eventually, police heard three gunshots and moved in.
"At that time, the officers breached the door, entered the classroom and saw the suspect standing in the front of the classroom."
The 15-year-old then shot himself. His condition not being released. Fellow students say they were shocked.
"I was completely like flabbergasted. I didn't even think it was actually happening until i actually had figured out some of my friends were missing, and i was hysterical after that."
"I don't want to go back to school. I'm scared."
School officials say emergency training likely prevented what could have been a tragic situation. "the active shooter practicing that we went through last fall, yes in fact one of the law enforcement officials said, you know really we saw some of the work that was done last year come to fruition.'
Marinette High School is closed Tuesday and school officials say they haven't decided when it will reopen.
The gunman was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Officials are investigating and have not released a motive.