A teen-ager stabbed his mother to death, then went to school Wednesday with a rifle under his trench coat and opened fire, killing his former girlfriend and another student and wounding six others, police said.
Luke Woodham, 16, was distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend, Police Chief Bill Slade said, choking back tears as he talked about the rampage in this town of 22,000 people just outside Jackson.
"He gave us a statement, and his manifesto was that he felt he had been wronged," Slade said.
Woodham was arrested on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
The shootings at Pearl High School began at about 8:10 a.m. as buses arrived. Students ran screaming into classrooms and dived for cover.
Police later found the body of Mary T. Woodham, 50, at her home, about a mile from the school. She had been stabbed with a kitchen knife, police said.