The Norman Transcript

January 15, 2014

N.M. boy, 12, shoots 2 classmates at school

By Russell Contreras
The Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. — A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.

A boy was critically injured and a girl was in satisfactory condition following the shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell.

The students were in the gym, where they typically hang out before classes start during cold and inclement weather, she said. The 12-year-old pulled a shotgun and opened fire there at about 8 a.m.

He was “quickly stopped by one staff member who walked right up to him and asked him to set down the firearm, which he did,” Gov. Susana Martinez said.

Superintendent Tom Burris said the school’s faculty had participated in active shooter training, and they responded appropriately Tuesday.

“In the 10 seconds that transpired from the time of this thing starting until the teacher had control of the weapon, there was no cowardice,” Burris said. “There was protection for our kids. Everyone acted and did their duties today at Berrendo Middle School.”

Officials at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, said an 11-year-old boy was flown there in critical condition and a 13-year-old girl arrived in serious condition.

Information from nurses treating the boy indicates he was the shooter’s target, hospital spokesman Eric Finley said. There was some confusion about the boy’s age, but Finley said his parents told the hospital he is 11.

The governor said a staff member received very minor injuries but declined medical care because he wanted to stay and help.

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