The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US. Marshalâ€™s Office have joined the investigation into the shooting incident at Van Buren Elementary Thursday afternoon, while local authorities continue to provide security for the county and work on reinforcing security at the football sectional game scheduled at Northview High School tonight.
â€śThe federal authorities have greater resources, which are not available at the local level of law enforcement,â€ť Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said about the availability of federal background check assistance and records and resources from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms department. â€śWe are following up on tips provided by the public.â€ť
Heaton said detectives have followed up on tips and interviewed numerous people from around the Wabash Valley in the past 24 hours.
Off-duty officers at the Clay County Sheriffâ€™s and the Brazil City Police departments have been called in to provide additional security at the local schools and help track down leads in the investigation while on-duty officers provide security for the county and city.
Working on the security plans when contacted by The Brazil Times, Heaton said there would be additional security in place at the football sectional at Northview High School.
â€śWe are doing everything we can without dumping all our resources into the school investigation,â€ť he said. â€śWe want to provide security for the entire county and its citizens.â€ť
Shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, a bullet pierced both glass door windows on the west side of Van Buren Elementary and went into the ceiling of the cafeteria area. No one was injured by the confirmed single shot itself, but flying glass from the broken window struck an unidentified male custodian standing in the area.
The custodian was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital where he was later treated and released for eye injuries. The custodian was able to return to work Friday along with the rest of the staff and students.
Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technician Sgt. Jason Fajt is investigating several bullets taken from the schoolâ€™s west outside wall, next to the cafeteria area, to see whether they match the bullet found in the cafeteria area.
Officials are seeking assistance with any information about two white male suspects driving a black or shiny black, late-model, full-size van with no side windows, seen traveling north on Harmony Road at the time of the incident.
To report information about this case, contact the Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department at 446-2535, extension 5, or the Indiana State Police at 1-800-742-0717.