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Sparks Middle School Shooting: Slain Suspect Killer Was A Young Student

Mon, October 21, 2013 2:38pm EDT by 1 Comment
Sparks Middle School Shooter
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In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Nevada on Oct. 21 that left two dead and two critically injured, police have confirmed that the shooter was in fact a 12-year-old student.

The story only gets worse as more information regarding the shooting at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev. on Oct. 20 is released. After confirming that one teacher was gunned down, and that two minors were taken to the hospital, authorities then revealed that the suspect who perpetrated all this violence was also a young student.

Sparks Middle School Shooter Was A Teen

“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 a teen student who opened fire on a classroom, 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. Both boys were initially in critical condition, and one underwent surgery, while the other was said to be doing better and recovering.

Two Dead After Middle School Shooting

It was a terrifying morning at Sparks Middle School. After shots rang out, the school was put into “code red” and students were evacuated to the nearby high school, where their parents were able to pick them up. Outlets first reported that the student shooter was “neutralized,” and later Sparks City Manager Shaun Carey confirmed that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

This is such a tragic and traumatizing occurrence, made even worse by the fact that the shooter was also a young teen. We expect there to be more news to come as to how this young student obtained a gun. Just awful.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the slain victims’ families, as well as everyone else affected by this tragedy.

— Andrew Gruttadaro

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