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More than $55K raised for teacher who stopped shooter

Jason Seaman is seen in undated photo provided

Jason Seaman is seen in undated photo provided by Southern Illinois University, where he was a defensive end for the university's football team. Seaman, now a science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., subdued a student armed with two handguns who opened fire in his classroom Friday, May, 25, 2018. Credit: Southern Illinois University

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — An online fundraiser has surpassed its $55,000 goal for a suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot while tackling an armed student.

A local high school student launched the GoFundMe effort for science teacher Jason Seaman. Officials say the 29-year-old former college football player was shot three times Friday as he tackled the shooter inside his classroom at Noblesville West Middle School.

By Sunday afternoon, more than $55,000 had been raised through the fundraiser. Donations ranged from $10 to over $3,000.

Student witness Ethan Stonebraker told ABC News that Seaman ran toward the bullets as students sought cover during Friday’s attack.

Seaman was released from an Indianapolis hospital Saturday. The only other person shot, student Ella Whistler, was in critical but stable condition.

Authorities haven’t release the shooter’s name.

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