Jose Reyes, a 12-year-old student at Sparks Middle School, was identified as the suspected killer in the tragic school shooting in Nevada on Oct. 21. The shooter left two dead and two critically injured. Read on for more details.
Jose Reyes was identified by police on Oct. 24 as the suspected shooter at Sparks Middle School. Jose allegedly used a semiautomatic handgun to kill math teacher Michael Landsberry and injure two 12-year-old male classmates before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.
Sparks Middle School Shooter Identified As Jose Reyes
Police originally hesitated to name the shooter because of his young age. After his classmates and witnesses named him as the shooter, police decided to officially release his name. Police revealed that Jose brought a semi-automatic handgun owned by his parents to his school.
Eyewitnesses of the shooting said that he may have been bullied, and he singled out his classmates as targets.
“I just heard this bang and I thought it was a joke,” another student, Adam Ramierez, told CBS. “Then I saw people running.”
“I froze because he was aiming his gun right at my chest,” student Jose Cazares told NBC. “And I looked at the gun and my chest like, “He’s going to shoot me.”‘
Sparks Middle School math teacher, Michael Landsberry, 45, was killed as he was trying to protect his students from the gunfire. Jose Cazares credits his teacher with his life, as he said that Mr. Landsberry’s bravery kept the shooter from pulling the trigger on him.
The shooter also shot and wounded 2 classmates who were immediately taken to the hospital. ”One was shot through the shoulder. The other shot in the abdomen. Both sustained non life-threatening injuries,” said Sparks Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Miller. They are expected to recover.
Jose Reyes Allegedly Killed A Teacher And Injured Two Minors At Sparks Middle School
“A staff member at Sparks Middle School is deceased,” a spokesperson for the Sparks Police Department confirmed during a press conference. “The other deceased person is a student/suspect.”
A witness also confirmed that it was Jose who opened fire on a classroom during the morning of Oct. 21, and then gunned down the teacher who tried to disarm him. “The student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down, and the student fired a shot at the teacher, and the teacher fell, and everybody ran away,” the eyewitness told the Reno Gazette Journal.
Police also revealed that the two people rushed to the Renown Regional Medical Center were male minors, one just 12 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the slain victims’ families, as well as everyone else affected by this tragedy.
— Ivy Jacobson