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UPDATE: Dowagiac teen who shot himself identified

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Darren Price (Photo from Dowagiac Middle School 2011-2012 School Year) Darren Price (Photo from Dowagiac Middle School 2011-2012 School Year)

Police are still unsure why a teen originally brought a handgun to Dowagiac Middle School after he shot and killed himself outside the school.  The teen has been identified as Darren James Price of Dowagiac.

Police say they had reports of a person with a gun on the Dowagiac Middle School campus around 6:40am.  A custodian called 911 at that time.  When police arrived, they found a 13-year-old former student on the property.  He reportedly walked into the woods and police set up a perimeter around the area.

Police Chief Tom Atkinson says an officer saw the teen walking down a trail.  The teen then turned and quickly headed back into the woods, police then say officers heard a single gun shot.

Authorities found the teen, Darren Price, injured from an apparently self-inflicted gun shot.  He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, where he died later Monday morning.  Price was carrying a handgun, that reportedly had three bullets.  Police say Price took the gun from his home.

Price had been a 6th grader at Dowagiac Middle School last year, but was not enrolled this year.  Price has other siblings who are also no longer students at Dowagiac schools.  The superintendent is not releasing any other information about the teen at this time.

Many parents and students were at the news conferences looking for answers.  One parent tells FOX28 News that he never imagined something like this could happen in Dowagiac.  

All six Dowagiac Union Schools were closed on Monday.  Officials say all the schools will be open starting Tuesday.  Additional police and security will be on hand.  Counselors will also be on hand to help students, if needed.  One student who attends the middle school says she is scared about going back.

Students may not have to make up the day that was lost on Monday.  The superintendent said they have requested that the state issue a waiver for the day for all schools.

Atkinson asks anyone with information to contact their tipline 1-800-462-9328.

Check back here on FOX28.com for updates throughout the day. 

 

 

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