GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement on the shooting via his website:
As details of this morning's tragic shooting continue to be released, our hearts remain with the students, educators and families of Independence High School and the entire Glendale community.
I commend the police officers, first responders, school safety officials, teachers and school administrators for their swift response and diligent work to secure and protect the students at the school. The state of Arizona continues to watch the situation closely, and stand at the ready to offer any support the school or community need.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them, with everyone on scene and with the community during this difficult time.
Counselors are at Independence High School on Saturday to meet with students after two 15-year-old girls died in a double-shooting at a Glendale high school. Police have confirmed that two teen girls were found dead at a at the school on Friday morning and that they are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.
A vigil is scheduled at the school on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
The Glendale Police Department says two 15-year-old sophomore girls were found with a weapon laying beside them at Independence High School just before 8 a.m. The shooting happened near the administration building underneath a covered patio.
Officers responded to the school within two minutes of receiving the 9-1-1 call.
The shooting was an isolated incident and there is not an active shooter, however, the school remains on lockdown.
Investigators Friday afternoon say they found a suicide note from one of the girls and that the pair were a couple.
School officials identified one of the victims as May Kieu, but have not identified the other girl.
The IHS campus is still on lockdown. The school is asking that parents stage at the WalMart at 75th Avenue/Glendale.— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) February 12, 2016
We are investigating a double shooting at Independance HS. The incident was isolated. The school and neighborhood are safe.— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) February 12, 2016
Due to the police activity, 75th Avenue is shut down near the school.
75th Ave CLOSED between Glendale Ave & Bethany Home Rd due to police activity #phxtraffic— MCDOT News (@MCDOTNews) February 12, 2016
The Glendale Union High School District says parents will be picked up from the staging area at 75th Avenue and Glendale, and then taken by bus to Independence High School.
The campus was on lockdown and students have since been released.
Scene outside Independence high school in Glendale. Awaiting latest update from police. Parents worried pic.twitter.com/Yl6Sc9g53F— Andrew Hasbun (@andrewfox10) February 12, 2016
Condolences have begun to pour in across Arizona for the students and faculty at the school.
Our prayers are with the students, educators & families at Independence High School & all the first responders on the scene. #PatriotPride— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) February 12, 2016
Terrible news regarding Independence High School today. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Will continue to watch as story develops.— Sheriff Paul Babeu (@PaulBabeuAZ) February 12, 2016
Monitoring shooting at Independence HS Glendale #Arizona - my prayers are w/ all those involved— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 12, 2016
Our hearts go out to everyone at Independence High School this morning. We are standing by for information.— Mayor Jerry Weiers (@MayorWeiers) February 12, 2016
Statement from Glendale Union High School District via Facebook:
GLSEN issued a statement on the incident Friday evening: “GLSEN Phoenix is deeply saddened by the tragedy, and we send our sympathies to the entire Independence High School community.