A Sparks Middle School shooting this morning has left at least two dead and two injured. Police responded to Sparks Middle School, located just outside Reno, after receiving emergency calls from students and staff that there was an active shooter on school grounds shortly after 7 a.m. Officials have said that the shooter has been “neutralized”. Frantic parents raced to nearby Agnes Risley Elementary School to pick up their children. Initial, unconfirmed accounts state that the shooter is a 13-year-old student who pointed a gun at a math teacher, who told the student to put the gun down. A student told the Reno Gazette Journal,
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.
Instead, the shooter opened fire killing the popular match teacher as students ran from the scene. Two students, both minors, who were shot are in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center. Superintendent Pedro Martinez said, This is just a tragic day for us. A very tragic day. Nevada Senator Harry Reid released a statement,
My condolences go out to the victims’ families and my thoughts are with the teachers, administrators, parents and students at Sparks Middle School who have experienced a traumatic morning. No words of condolence could possibly ease the pain, but I hope it is some small comfort that Nevada mourns with them. I stand by to be of any assistance if there is anything that can be done and I will continue to monitor the situation
Brian Sandoval, the Govenor of Nevada Gov. said in a statement
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. Kathleen and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those affected by these tragic events.
Sparks Middle School will remain closed for the rest of the week.