CNN is reporting, that police confirm shots were fired this morning at Sparks Middle School located just outside Reno, Nevada. No news, yet, on exactly how many are injured in addition to the 12-year-old, although police do say “the suspect has been neutralized.”
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal police spokesman Rocky Triplett said students had been evacuated from the school to nearby Agnes Risley Elementary School. The students from both schools were then being moved to Sparks High School.
Again, the newspaper is reporting that a 12-year-old boy was shot as classes were starting, and the school was placed on lockdown. The suspect has been neutralized although we don’t know what that means.
A command post has been set up in front of the middle school and parents are being allowed to pick up children from the high school, but otherwise streets in the area are closed.
Babble is closely monitoring the news and will bring you the latest as we learn it.
CNN is reporting that two people are dead and two people are injured. It’s not clear whether the shooter is among the two reported dead. A hospital spokesperson says two minors are in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center. More as we learn it.
It is now being reported that a staff member was killed and two students were injured after a student opened fire. A 13-year-old student tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that he saw a student fire a shot at a teacher. “The student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down, and the student fired a shot at the teacher, and the teacher fell, and everybody ran away,” the student said.
Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras says the student/suspect was also killed although it’s unclear whether the shots were self-inflicted or from police responding to the scene.
“As you can imagine, the best description is chaos,” said Tom Robinson, deputy chief of the Reno Police Department. “It’s too early to say whether he was targeting specific people or just going on an indiscriminate shooting spree.”
The motive is unclear at this point.
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