The Sparks Middle School shooting Monday morning has left the close-knit community devastated that such as tragedy was committed by as 12-year-old preteen student at the school.
The tragic scene unfolded shortly after 7 a.m. Monday morning at the school in Sparks, Nev., located just east of Reno .
A total of four people were shot including the shooter who committed suicide.
Michael Landsberry, a popular math teacher at the school, heroically attempted to stop the suspect, was shot in the chest and died.
Two students injured in the Sparks Middle School shooting remain hospitalized.
According to the the acting police chief for Sparks PD, Tom Miller, no shots were fired inside the school. He said,
The student arrived at Sparks Middle School just before 7:15 a.m. when he shot a student in the shoulder near the north hallway. He proceeded south and encountered Landsberry on the outdoor basketball court, fatally shooting him in the chest area before continuing south, wounding another student in the abdomen and finally shooting himself in the head.
Nevada authorities are still withholding the name of the shooter, “out of respect for his family”.
Authorities are still tracing the origins of the gun, although it is believed that the suspect obtained the weapon, a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun, from his home.
The motive for the Nevada school shooting is still unknown although students at the school are starting to speak out.
Those statements indicate that the gunman may have been bullied by schoolmates and was seeking revenge,
A student at the school, Faith Ebans, told ABC News,
I saw kids pushing him around and doing a lot of mean things to him.
Alfrancis de Vera, another student at the school, described what he heard the gunman say.
He told CBS News that as he pointed the gun at him and other students, he said,
You ruined my life and now I’m going to ruin yours
Other students said that the shooter seemed enraged and said,
Why are you people making fun of me?
Why are you laughing at me?
Students scrambled for cover and protected one another as the chaotic scene unfolded.
Belloved teacher, Michael Landsberry, a former Marine and member of the Army National Guard, died a hero.
He had recently celebrated his wedding anniversary with his wife, Sharon.
The popular teacher began working at the Washoe County School District in August 2001.
He worked at two other schools before moving to Sparks Middle School in 2006.
On Landsberry’s teacher’s page , he stated one of his goals for the current school year,
One of my goals is to earn your respect while you earn mine. I believe that with mutual respect that the classroom environment will run smoothly.
After police complete their investigation, more information is expected to be released about the events that led up to the Sparks Middle School shooting .