2 dead, 2 boys hurt in US school shooting-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
SPARKS, Nevada -- A shooting at a middle school in Nevada has left two people dead and two boys in critical condition, rattling parents, teachers and students as they showed up for the start of the school week.
The identities of the shooter and victims weren't immediately known. The suspect is "down," police said, and school officials say there is no further danger.
The violence erupted nearly a year after a gunman horrified Americans by opening fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, leaving 26 dead. The Dec. 14 shooting reignited debate over gun control in general, and how best to protect U.S. schools in particular.
The first reports of the Nevada shooting came in at about 7:15 a.m. local time, about 15 minutes before the first classes were set to begin.
Students from the middle school and next door elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled.
The shooting happened on the school's campus, but outside the school building itself, according to police.
Spokeswoman Angela Rambo of Renown Regional Medical Center says two boys are in critical condition.
Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement after hearing about the shooting.
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning. My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene," he said. Sandoval extended his thoughts and prayers to those affected.
The school, which enrolls about 700 students in 7th and 8th grades, has a strict uniform policy that forbids the colors red and blue in students' outfits, colors commonly associated with rival gangs.
Washoe County School District held a session in the spring in light of the Connecticut tragedy to educate parents on what safety measures the district takes.
Sparks, a city of roughly 90,000 that sprung out of the railway industry, lies just east of Reno. (AP)