Police Responding To Shots Fired At Colorado STEM School

Multiple victims in shooting at STEM School near Denver

Shots were fired, and deputies struggled with the suspects before taking them into custody, he said.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said two shooters walked into the campus and opened fire on their classmates in "two separate locations".

A spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said: "This is still an active shooter situation".

Authorities said the two suspects are students.

The parents of a teenager shot and killed at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday say their son was a hero, and they want the public to know what a great kid he was.

"But for the school safety community, we can never let our guard down", he said.

Josh Dutton, 18, told AP news agency he used to be friends with Mr Erickson at a former school but had not seen him in four years.

Student Nui Giasolli told NBC's "Today" show that she was in her British Literature class when one of the suspects entered and pulled out a gun.

More than 1,850 students attend the STEM school, which includes grades K-12, according to its website.




This time, it was the STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver. The first was identified as 18-year-old Devon Erickson, while the second was a female juvenile.

The Denver Channel reports that the motive "went beyond bullying and involved revenge and anger towards others at the school", and that one suspect "was involved in legal and illegal drug use and had been in therapy". "These are aberrant acts", he said, despite the fact that several attacks have happened within a 20-mile radius.

Douglas County District Attorney George Brauchler noted Wednesday that the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting was the fifth within a 20-mile (32-kilometer) radius in the past two decades, starting with the 1999 Columbine massacre.

STEM Highlands Ranch employs a private security firm. In 2012, a man opened fire at a movie theatre in Aurora, another Denver suburb, killing 12 people and wounding scores more.

He urged students and others to use local or state tip lines to contact authorities if they notice anything that might indicate a violent threat, to help prevent similar attacks in the future.

Now is the time to mourn and to weep, he said, but the people of Colorado are resilient.

March For Our Lives, which was formed in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting previous year, demanded an end to such violent acts.

Two of the victims remain in serious condition at Littleton Adventist Hospital while three others were released. However, one of the heroic teens died during the confrontation.

The FBI is investigating the crime scene, Spurlock said. Spurlock said that the two were not apprehended together.

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