Students tried to stop one of the gunmen“(With) everything at Columbine, you never think this would be the reality of this situation,” one mother of twins at the school told KDVR. The mother, who was not identified, recalled getting a terrifying phone call from her daughter. “‘Mommy, there’s a gun (being) shot at my school,'” she remembered her saying. Brad Bialy’s son Brendan is a senior at the STEM school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Brendan told his father that the shooting started after the two suspects entered the classroom and one pulled a gun from a guitar case. Brendan and two friends tried to tried to tackle one of the gunmen and one of the boys was shot in the chest, Brad Bialy told the New York Times. Other students put pressure on the wound. The condition of the boy shot was not known. In a message to parents, Spurlock said police will do “everything we can to investigate this” and determine what happened. “This is a terrible event,” he said. “This is something that no one wants to have happened in their community.” Fernando Montoya’s 17-year-old son was shot three times. He was released from the hospital Tuesday night, Montoya told KMGH. Montoya knows how lucky he is. “Thank God he is fine,” Montoya said. “Even though he got shot, he’s OK. He’s going to walk out on his feet.” He’s still in disbelief. “It’s hard to believe that someone in the classroom is going to have a weapon and is just going to open fire like nothing,” he told the news station. Spurlock said investigators can only say at this point that a handgun was used. Authorities are expected to release more information at a news conference Wednesday morning.
A community targeted beforeThe STEM school is just seven miles away from Columbine High School. “Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence,” the White House said in a statement. Douglas County Schools were also closed April 17 as authorities scrambled to find an armed Florida teen they said was infatuated with the Columbine massacre. The woman, authorities said, made threats before she traveled to Colorado, where she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More than 1,850 students attend the STEM school, which includes grades K-12, according to its website. Spurlock said the shooting took place in the high school. The school did not have an assigned school resource officer but did have private security, according to Spurlock. “Our STEM family is hurting tonight. Our DCSD family is hurting tonight,” Douglas County School Superintendent Thomas S. Tucker said in a letter to families. “Supporting one another in the coming days, weeks and months is critical.” The letter, Tucker said, is one he hoped he’d never have to send.
Search warrants for suspects’ homes and vehicleInvestigators searched a home Tuesday night in Highlands Ranch related to the STEM school shooting, Cocha Heyden, a spokeswoman for Douglas County, told CNN. Officials would not confirm if one of the shooters lives at the home. Authorities worked to obtain search warrants for the suspects’ homes as well as a vehicle found in the school parking lot, Spurlock said. He did not release additional information on the suspects. The two didn’t appear to be on law enforcement’s radar, Spurlock said.
#stemshooting Sheriff says suspects 1 adult male, 1 juv male in custody. No other suspects. 8 students injured, several critical, area hospitals. No staff or officers injured. Working with DA to get search warrants for suspect car at school and suspects' homes.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 7, 2019
#BREAKING: #schoolshooting in #HighlandsRanch happened in middle school part of the building. Administrator called and said shots were being fired. No school resource officer assigned to school, but one was nearby. @KDVR— Jeremy Hubbard (@JeremyHubbard) May 7, 2019
#stemshooting, at 1:53 pm responded to STEM school off Ridgeline Blvd in HR on call of shots fired in school, first update, 2 injured, deputies in process of identifying and locating shooter(s). Still active and unstable scene.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 7, 2019
STEM school incident: still getting info, believe 2 injured. Please find other routes. Media staging now on south side of AMC!— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 7, 2019