Two students opened fire Tuesday inside a Colorado charter school near Columbine High School in U.S, killing one classmate and injuring eight others before being taken into custody, authorities said.
Administrators at STEM School, a K-12 charter in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, reported hearing gunshots fired at 1:53 p.m. Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene two minutes later and engaged two suspects.
Identified as 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a juvenile boy, were taken into custody. Both are students at the school.
“We know that two individuals walked into the STEM School, got deep inside the school, and engaged students in two separate locations,” told reporters. “There were a number of students that were shot and injured.”
Eight victims, aged 15 and older, were being treated in local hospitals. No employees or teachers were injured in the shooting.
an 18-year-old male student who was not immediately identified, had died. A sheriff’s spokesperson told News the deceased was pronounced dead at the school.
The school does not have a resource police officer assigned to the campus, but does have private security.