Roommates, we are keeping the students of the STEM High School in Colorado in our prayers after an active shooter opened fire at the school this afternoon. Although the two suspects in the shooting have been taken into custody, families and friends still live in fear and heartbreak.
Eight students had been reported in critical condition, cnn reports, one of whom has since passed away from a fatal bullet to the body.
“We know two individuals walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school and engaged students in two seperate loactions,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. “There were a number of students that were shot and injured.”
The incident shoot the area, which is located less than eight miles from where the Columbine shooting occurred. They just marked the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting, and has endured many other gun-related incidents since.
“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.
The shooting took place at around 2pm, and students wee evacuated to Northridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch, where anxious families looked for their children.
“I heard a gunshot,” said 8-year-old Makai Dixon. “I’d never head that before.”
Many parents questioned the protocol of school, and the safety measures they are taking to ensure students’ safety. Sheriff Spurlock said the school had no police officer assigned to it and used private security instead.
He also insisted that deputies arrived about two minuted after being called by school officials.
“I have to believe that the quick response of officers that got inside that school helped save lives,” he said.
Stay with us for more developments on on this story, Roommates.