Several are in critical condition, sheriffs department says, and the two suspected shooters are in custody
One 18-year-old student was killed and seven teenagers were injured when two students opened fire on Tuesday inside a charter school in an affluent community in Denver, Colorado.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock of Douglas county said the pair walked into the Stem School Highlands Ranch, which is located not far from Columbine high school, and began shooting students in two classrooms. Within minutes, deputies at a nearby sheriffs department substation entered the school and arrested the two suspects after a struggle.
As officers were arriving at the school, they could still hear gunshots, the Douglas county undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said.
I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside that school helped save lives, Spurlock said.
Sheriffs officials said Devon Erickson, 18, and a younger student walked into the school on Tuesday afternoon and opened fire on students in two classrooms, prompting students to run shouting through the halls or to hide out of sight as gunfire echoed through the school. Police said that two handguns were used and the juvenile is a female.
Josh Dutton, 18, told the Associated Press that he was close friends with Devon Erickson in middle school but had not seen him for four years as he went to a different high school. On Sunday, he spotted Erickson at a local light rail station and said he was shocked at how much his friend had changed.
Erickson wore all black, a hat and sunglasses, was significantly skinnier and didnt seem interested in talking. He said hed just turned 18 and he owned rifles, Dutton said.
The shooting occurred at Stem School Highlands Ranch, a public charter school with more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades about 15km south of the center of Denver.
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