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School standoff ends as gunman shoots self

People gather outside the school where police say a teenage gunman took 24 people hostage. (Source: CNN) People gather outside the school where police say a teenage gunman took 24 people hostage. (Source: CNN)

MARINETTE, WI (RNN) - A five-hour standoff in Marinette, WI, came to an end when an armed student shot himself as police entered the classroom where he was allegedly holding 24 people.

In a news conference, police said the standoff began when emergency dispatch got word of a male student armed with a handgun taking 23 students and a teacher hostage Monday afternoon at Marinette High School.

Five students were released around 7:40 p.m. when they said they had to use the bathroom, but 18 students and the teacher remained.

The standoff continued until 8:03 p.m., when Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik said police "breeched the door" of the classroom when they heard three gunshots fire. As they entered the room, the hostage-taker, identified as a 15-year-old student at the school, shot himself once.

He was transported to an area hospital. His condition is unknown.

The hostages were unharmed.

Officers found a .22 caliber semi-automatic and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the scene.

Skorik says he doesn't know what prompted the situation.

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