Tragedy struck in Denver, Colorado on May 7, when police confirmed a shooting incident at STEM School Highlands Ranch.
UPDATE 5/8/19 9:18 am EST: the Douglas County sheriff’s office released the name of one of the suspects in the STEM school shooting. They announced on Twitter, “Adult suspect has been identified as Devon Erickson, age 18. We will not be releasing any photos at this time as it could jeopardize this critical on-going invest. We still have interviews to conduct and we want to make sure we have the most accurate information.”
UPDATE 5/7/19 8:57 pm EST: Denver police have confirmed that one student, an 18-year-old male, was killed during the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch. “It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at the STEM School was killed in today’s
#stemshooting incident,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. “The immediate family has been notified. Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has not officially identified the student is stating it’s an 18-year-old male.”
UPDATE 5/7/19 8:27 pm EST: Eight people were injured in the shooting that took place at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Denver, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office confirms. “Sheriff says suspects 1 adult male, 1 juv [sic] male in custody,” the department tweeted in an update on the evening of May 7. “No other suspects. 8 students injured, several critical, area hospitals. No staff or officers injured. Working with DA to get search warrants for suspect car at school and suspects’ homes.”
A follow-up tweet read, “Sheriff states suspects are students of STEM and were confronted by DCSO right away. This quick response helped save lives, says [Sheriff Tony] Spurlock. Will update here when have more info to release.”
UPDATE 5/7/19 5:34 pm EST: Tragically seven, possibly eight, students at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Denver have now been confirmed injured following a May 7 shooting incident, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. Two suspects are in custody.
UPDATE 5/7/19 5:26 pm EST: Denver police were on the scene almost immediately Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said at a media briefing, Denver Post reporter Saja Hindi tweeted. The reporter also added that “some kids self-evacuated.”
ORIGINAL: Denver police confirmed on May 7 that there has been a school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch. The incident started in the afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which has been keeping the public informed via Twitter.
At 1:04 pm PST the department tweeted, “Unstable situation, shots fired at STEM school at Ridgeline and Plaza. Avoid area. Media go to north side of AMC.” The Sheriff’s Office added minutes later, “STEM school incident: still getting info, believe 2 injured. Please find other routes. Media staging now on south side of AMC!”
Further details quickly emerged about the incident, which took place at the school that teaches students from kindergarten through to 12th grade. “At 1:53 pm responded to STEM school off Ridgeline Blvd in HR on call of shots fired in school,” the Sheriff’s Office tweeted about the incident, adding, “First update, 2 injured, deputies in process of identifying and locating shooter(s). Still active and unstable scene.”
Unstable situation, shots fired at STEM school at Ridgeline and Plaza. Avoid area. Media go to north side of AMC
— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 7, 2019
It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at the STEM School was killed in today’s #stemshooting incident. The immediate family has been notified. Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has not officially identified the student is stating it’s an 18 year old male.
— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 8, 2019
Two suspects are in custody, according to an ABC News report. The outlet’s law enforcement source also claimed that the cops are “engaging a third suspect.”
A mother of two Highland Ranch students spoke to Denver 7 about what happened. “I got a text from a friend who was actually in there,” Kelley Paulson told the station. “She said, ‘Guns, shooting, oh my God, oh my God.’ And she could hear them and that’s how I first knew. The next thing I know, I heard my son, who is calling me because all of the kids who were in middle school…all immediately ran out of the building.”