Colorado school shooting
There is an 18-year old male suspect in custody as well as a juvenile female suspect, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock. On Tuesday, the Sheriff said they had a juvenile male in custody, but Spurlock corrected their gender during a press conference this morning.
The first appearance for the adult male is this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET Spurlock said.
Police thought they had two male shooters at first: The female juvenile suspect was believed to be a male at the time they were taken into custody, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. It wasn’t until the suspect was brought to the office that they were able to determine the suspect is a female. Spurlock said this is a small, young person and "the identity was not obvious to us."
Spurlock said it’s too early to determine a motive for the shooting.
The Sheriff confirmed two handguns were used in the shooting. No officers exchanged gunfire with the suspects, Spurlock added.
The ATF is working to determine where the two suspects obtained the guns used in the shooting.
Meanwhile, there are three students still in intensive care at hospitals, Spurlock said.
Douglas County will not release the name of the deceased student until the coroner confirms. They intend to release the name later this afternoon, Spurlock said.
About the school: Tuesday’s shooting happened just before 2pMT/5pET in the high school. The school is a ‘free, public charter school’ with 1,850 students in grades K-12, according to their website. The school will be closed for the remainder of the week, according to the Douglas County School District Superintendent.
One day after gunshots rang out at another Denver-area school, authorities are still sorting through what's known and what's not about the shooting, the gunmen and their motives.
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The gunshots were audible as deputies ran toward the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Two suspects, believed to be students at the school, had made their way inside and were shooting inside two classrooms.
Within minutes, an 18-year-old male student was dead and eight students were wounded.
It was a scene disturbingly familiar for this suburban Denver community, which just marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in which two students opened fire on their classmates, killing 12 of them and a teacher.
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An investigation is underway into a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left eight students injured.
Here's what we know about the shooting so far:
- The shooting: The shooting started in the high school just before 2 p.m., authorities said. The suspects walked into the school, and "got deep inside the school," engaging students in two separate locations, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. Deputies arrived within two minutes and engaged the suspects, struggling with the suspects to take them into custody, he said.
- The suspects: Two students were taken into custody at the school. One suspect is believed to be an adult male and one is believed to be a juvenile.
- The victims: One 18-year-old student was killed and eight other students were injured in the shooting, authorities said. The youngest victim is 15 years old.
- The school: STEM School, which covers K-12, has about 1,800 students, authorities said.
- Schools were under threat before: Douglas County Schools were closed April 17 as authorities scrambled to find an armed Florida teen they said was infatuated with the Columbine massacre. The woman, authorities said, made threats before she traveled to Colorado, where she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The White House just released a statement on the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado, calling it a "hateful and horrible" act of violence.
The White House went on to say that President Trump is monitoring the situation.
Here's the full statement:
“Our prayers are with the victims, family members, and all those affected by today’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Littleton, Colorado. Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence. The White House has been in communication with state and local officials, and the President has been briefed and continues to monitor the ongoing situation. We offer our full support to local law enforcement and first responders and thank them for their heroism.”
One thing to note: Though the shooting occurred a short distance from Columbine High -- only about seven miles away -- the STEM School is in Highlands Ranch, not in Littleton, Colorado, as the White House indicated in its statement.
Two male suspects who were taken into custody in connection with today's shooting were students at STEM School Highlands Ranch, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.
When officers arrived at the school, they engaged the suspects and struggled with them to take them into custody, he said.
Spurlock said he believes the suspects used a handgun, based on information they received during an interview.
STEM School Highlands Ranch is about seven miles from Columbine High School, which marked the 20th anniversary this year of the deadly shooting on its campus.
Columbine was the target of another would-be shooter earlier this month who was obsessed with the massacre.
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At least eight students were hospitalized, several of them in critical condition, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.
Two suspects — one adult and one juvenile — are in custody, he told reporters. A vehicle connected to the suspects was found in the parking lot. Authorities are working on obtaining warrants to search the suspects' home and vehicle.
Authorities are also trying to identify the 1,800 children who go to STEM School Highlands Ranch and connect them with their parents, Spurlock said.
"This is a terrible event. This is something no one wants to have happen in their community," Spurlock said.
Law enforcement is trying to identify all 1,800 students from STEM School Highlands Ranch and reunite them with their families, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.
Parents are waiting at Northridge Recreation Center to be reunited with their children.