Police believe the girls were in a relationship.
Two 15-year-old girls are dead after a murder-suicide at a suburban Phoenix high school.
Police discovered a suicide note at the scene of the shooting, which resulted in a panic among parents at Independence High School in Glendale, according to an Associated Press report.
The shooting happened near the school’s cafeteria, and each girl had one bullet wound with the gun nearby. Police believe the girls were close friends, and may have been in a relationship. Nobody saw the shooting take place. Police are withholding their names because of their ages.
The shooting resulted in a lockdown of the school as worried parents crowded around the area, waiting to hear about the status of their children. The lockdown was lifted several hours later.
Parents were sent to the school on buses to pick up their children. It was a chaotic scene at times, with parents rushing through a nearby field to find their children, according to the report.
Independence High School is located in the Glendale Union High School District. It opened back in 1977. It typically has an enrollment of about 2,000 students.
Social workers were on hand the day after to offer counseling to students who were affected by the tragedy. An impromptu memorial began to grow outside the school, as people left flowers, candles, teddy bears, and signs. Hundreds of people attended a vigil on Saturday.