So tragic! The Sparks killer’s classmates reveal the sad reason why the suspect wanted to murder his fellow students before killing himself. Witnesses of the 12-year-old boy’s shooting spree offered harrowing insight into his motive when they revealed that the boy was seeking revenge on them.
Students at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev. spoke out and gave chilling eyewitness accounts on the shooter’s words before he opened fire on his victims. As police investigate why the boy brought a gun, owned by his parents, to school, his classmates said that bullying may have driven him to the horrendous act.
Sparks Middle School Shooter Motive: Classmates Speak Out
The student brought a semi-automatic handgun owned by his parents to his school, and eyewitnesses say that he singled out his classmates as targets.
“He pointed to us and he said, ‘You ruined my life and now I’m going to ruin yours,'” Alfrancis de Vera, a student at Sparks Middle School, told CBS News.
“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 Shooting
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.
Police expect both students to recover from their injuries.