Sixth-Grade-Girl Shot Custodian And Two Students At Idaho Middle School Before Teacher Disarmed Her

Police tape marks a line outside Rigby Middle School following a shooting there earlier Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Rigby, Idaho. Authorities said that two students and a custodian were injured, and a male student has been taken into custody. (AP Photo/Natalie Behring)

A sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot and wounded two students and a custodian, and then was disarmed by a teacher Thursday, authorities said.

The three were shot in their extremities and were expected to survive, officials said at a news conference.

The active shooting incident began at Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho, around 9 am Thursday morning, May 6, 2021, when the shooter opened fire, causing teachers and students to flee for their lives.

Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson says the girl pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds inside and outside Rigby Middle School in the small city of Rigby, about 95 miles southwest of Yellowstone National Park.

A female teacher disarmed the girl and held her until law enforcement arrived and took her into custody, authorities said, without giving other details.

Authorities say they’re investigating the motive for the attack and where the girl got the gun.

She is from the nearby city of Idaho Falls, Anderson said. He didn’t release her name.

According to, the suspect was first incorrectly identified by law enforcement as being male.