JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Authorities say the headmistress of a Jacksonville high school was shot and killed by an employee who had recently been fired.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda says Dale Regan, head of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, was shot Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded to the school at 1:23 p.m. after receiving reports of a person with a gun. When they arrived, two adults were found dead.

“We ask you to please pray for us as a community,” Rev. Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Florida, told the Florida Times-Union. “We have full confidence that Dale Regan is already with God and in heaven with our lord and savior Jesus.”

Bujeda says the deceased suspect is believed to be an employee who had been terminated Tuesday morning. He brought an assault rifle on campus in a guitar case.

Student Lily Shephard, 13, told the Times-Union that she knew the shooter as a substitute teacher in her French class.

“He was shy and he sat by himself a lot at lunch,” she told the Times-Union. “He didn’t really seem to fit in with the other teachers.”

No students were injured at the school. The school was initially placed on lockdown and parents were later allowed to pick up their children.

School officials didn’t immediately return calls for comment.

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