Shooting in school leaves

1 dead, 8 wounded

A shooting at a school Tuesday in Denver, Colorado, left one student dead and eight wounded in an incident where two suspects were arrested and a third is on the run, local authorities reported.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in southern Denver, along with police and emergency personnel from nearby jurisdictions, responded soon after 2 pm to a report of a shootout at the nearby 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 incident,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s office tweeted.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock of Douglas County also confirmed that three of the eight wounded were in a serious condition.

“Two individuals walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school, and engaged students in two separate locations,” Spurlock said at a press conference.

Spurlock said that “officers went in and engaged the suspects. We did struggle with the suspects to take them into custody” and added that their identities would not be disclosed due to investigative purposes.

The authorities also managed to seize one of the vehicles used by the suspects in the parking lot. “This is a terrible event. This is something that no one wants to have happen in their community,” Spurlock said.

“I have to believe that the quick response of officers that got inside that school helped save lives,” he said.

Two suspects, identified only as one adult male and one juvenile female, were arrested. Authorities believe they were both students of the school and, according to preliminary reports, none of the suspects was wounded.

Undersheriff Holly Nicholson Kluth reported in a press conference earlier that there was an altercation when the attackers entered the school.

In addition, she said it was unknown if there was any previous complaint or any warning of the attack but stated that some of the students must know something and should come forward with any information they may have.

Kluth said that the protocol implemented was a more modernized version since the massacre at Columbine School - also south of Denver - where on Apr. 20,1999, two students killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide.

Officers responded to Tuesday’s situation immediately and “as officers were arriving at the school they could still hear gunshots,” she said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded jointly and were still in the building to ensure there were no other active suspects, the Undersheriff said.

All schools in the area - between 25 and 30 - and other nearby districts were on alert or had their perimeter secured with most of them canceling their afternoon and evening activities.

“We are making all of our public safety resources available to assist the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in their effort to secure the site and evacuate the students. We are monitoring the situation in real time. The heart of all Colorado is with the victims & their families,” said Colorado Governor Jared Polis in a statement on twitter.

STEM School Highlands Ranch has around 1,850 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 and puts special focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

On Apr. 30, another shooting left at least two people dead and four others wounded in the University of North Carolina campus in Charlotte, according to the authorities at the time, who reported an increase in recent years in crimes in educational institutions.