Four minutes after the first 911 call, police were on the scene at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School (CVPA) and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, responding to calls of a school shooter on Oct. 24.
According to police Commissioner Michael Sack at a news conference, the police found the gunman eight minutes later, and after two more minutes, the gunman was reported down.
The shooting resulted in three deaths, a health teacher, a student and the gunman.
Eli Pohlman, a sophomore at the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, shared his story. The Collegiate School and CVPA share a gym, cafeteria and courtyard. Their buildings form a square around their shared courtyard.
“I was scared,” Pohlman said. “I heard in total four gunshots and screaming.”
Pohlman was escorted out by police.
“I was worried for my friends, my siblings and my girlfriend. I just wanted to make sure everyone I knew was safe and okay,” Pohlman said.
After exiting the building, the students left campus.
“We were walked over to the parking lot across the school, then to the Schnucks on Arsenal [Street], then we took buses to Gateway Science Academy,” Pohlman said.
Pohlman was reunited with his family, and physically unharmed, but the day had taken its toll.
“Everyone I know is shaken up,” Pohlman said.
This will be Lydia Urice’s third year on ECHO staff. She made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year. She was Podcast Editor for her first year on staff, and Junior Editor her second year.