Atleast seven people have been injured in a school shooting near the Colorado state capital of Denver and two suspects have been taken into police custody, when suddenly, fellow pupils walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch and began shooting students in two classrooms. Within minutes, deputies at a nearby sheriff’s department substation entered the school and arrested the two suspects after a struggle.
“We have seven confirmed injured, possibly eight,” Kluth said on Tuesday.
Kluth said numerous shots were fired during the incident as police arrived on the scene and ran into the building. She was unable to confirm if there any fatalities at the moment.
Earlier in the day, the Sheriff’s Office said via Twitter that two people sustained injuries in an apparent shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch south of the state capital of Denver.
The shooting took place exactly a week after a gunman killed two students and wounded four at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. It also comes nearly three weeks after neighbouring Littleton marked the grim 20th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre that killed 13 people. The two schools are separated by about 11 kilometres in adjacent communities south of Denver.
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The public charter school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math has more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.