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.