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911 Tape Shows School Terror

March 26, 1998

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) _ A woman who called 911 after the shootings outside Westside Middle School told an emergency dispatcher frantically that the shots ``came from everywhere,″ a tape released Thursday shows.

Authorities played a tape of several calls that came in within minutes after shots rang out on pupils who had been lured outside by a fake fire alarm Tuesday afternoon. Four pupils and a teacher died and 11 were wounded. Two boys were being held as suspects.

``We need an ambulance as soon as possible ...,″ the woman tells the dispatcher. ``There’s been blood loss. People with blood lost.″

Another caller, a man, reported, ``We have a teacher down and several students down. I don’t know the details.″

The operator asks the woman caller if she knew who had done the shooting, and the woman replies that she didn’t.

``They came from everywhere,″ the woman said.

``They came from everywhere?″ the dispatcher said.

``Yes, ma’am. We went out for a fire drill.″

By then, an ambulance was already en route, the dispatcher told the woman.

Ambulances and officers began arriving within three or four minutes, authorities said.

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