Tragic shooting at Perry High School claims life of sixth-grade student and shocks community

Perry, Iowa – A tragic school shooting at Perry High School has left the community reeling, with the identification of 11-year-old Ahmir Jolliff as one of the victims. Jolliff, a sixth-grader, was among the eight individuals targeted in the attack, according to authorities who confirmed the updated victim count. The shooting also resulted in injuries to seven others, including students and staff members, all of whom were treated for their wounds.

The gunman, identified as 17-year-old Dylan Butler, who was also a student at Perry High, was found dead at the scene alongside Jolliff. The incident took place just before the start of the school’s spring semester, when Butler entered the building armed with a pump-action shotgun and a small-caliber handgun. The shooter’s motives remain unclear, leading to an ongoing investigation by law enforcement.

One of the injured individuals was Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger, who was lauded as a hero by the school’s superintendent for his selfless actions to protect students during the attack. Marburger’s daughter shared on social media that her father took on the gunman near the cafeteria, allowing students to escape to safety, before undergoing multiple surgeries and being listed in stable condition.

While two students remain hospitalized, the other victims have been treated and released. The Perry community continues to grapple with the aftermath of the tragic event as they seek answers and solace. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with authorities working to uncover the factors that led to this devastating act of violence.