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One dead, two arrested in Colorado school shooting

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/08/19, 10:26 am

Two students on Tuesday shot and killed one classmate and wounded eight others inside their charter school near Denver. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Devon Erickson, 18, and a younger student walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch with two handguns and began shooting students in two classrooms. The school’s security guard detained one suspect, and within minutes, deputies from a nearby sheriff’s department substation ran into the school and arrested both suspects after a struggle. Spurlock said the deputies’ quick response helped save lives. He declined to identify the student who was killed. The school will be closed for the remainder of the week.

“Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. The shooting comes nearly three weeks after neighboring Littleton, Colo., marked the grim 20th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre that killed 13 people.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/08/2019 05:04 pm

    The two shooters got into the school through an unsecured entrance. 

    We should all be insisting to our local school boards and administrators that schools be secure. There is no longer any excuse for not protecting our children by securing buildings, at the very least. 

    I went to have lunch with my Kindergarten grandson a few weeks ago (something that is encouraged at his school) and had to be buzzed into the building, then show my ID.  I was very glad to see that someone could not just walk in through unlocked doors.