Nevada police say student shot staffer at middle school

SPARKS, Nev. — A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire on campus, killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, police said Monday.

Associated Press

Police secure the scene near Sparks Middle School after a shooting in Sparks, Nev., on Monday. Authorities are reporting that two people were killed and two wounded at the Nevada middle school.

The suspected gunman was also dead, and authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement.

Two other students were critically injured in the violence that erupted around 7:15 a.m., shortly before classes began Monday. One is out of surgery and the other is doing well, according to police.

Police said between 150 and 200 officers responded to the shooting.

Students from the middle school and next door elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled.

At the evacuation center, parents walked with their arms around their children, some of whom were in tears.

"We came flying down here to get our kids," said Mike Fiorica, whose nephew attends the school. "... It's really chaotic. You can imagine how parents are feeling. You don't know if your kid's OK."

The shooting happened on the school's campus, but outside the school building itself, according to police.

Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement after hearing about the shooting.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning. My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene," he said. Sandoval extended his thoughts and prayers to those affected.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, offered his condolences to students, parents and staff who experienced "a traumatic morning."

"No words of condolence could possibly ease the pain, but I hope it is some small comfort that Nevada mourns with them. I stand by to be of any assistance if there is anything that can be done," Reid said in a statement.

The school, located in a working class neighborhood, enrolls about 700 students in 7th and 8th grades.

The violence erupted nearly a year after a gunman horrified the nation by opening fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., leaving 26 dead. The Dec. 14 shooting reignited debate over how best to protect the nation's schools and whether armed teachers should be part of that equation.

Washoe County School District held a session in the spring in light of the Connecticut tragedy to educate parents on what safety measures the district takes.

Sparks, a city of roughly 90,000 that sprung out of the railway industry, lies just east of Reno.

SPARKS, Nev. — A shooting at a middle school in northern Nevada has left two people dead and two boys in critical condition, rattling parents, teachers and students as they showed up for the start of the school week.

The identities of the shooter and victims weren't immediately known. The suspect is "down," police said, and school officials say there is no further danger.

The first reports of the shooting came in at about 7:15 a.m., about 15 minutes before the first classes were set to begin.

Students from the middle school and next door elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled.

The shooting happened on the school's campus, but outside the school building itself, according to police.

Spokeswoman Angela Rambo of Renown Regional Medical Center says two boys are in critical condition.

Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement after hearing about the shooting.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning. My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene," he said. Sandoval extended his thoughts and prayers to those affected.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, offered his condolences to students, parents and staff who experienced "a traumatic morning."

"No words of condolence could possibly ease the pain, but I hope it is some small comfort that Nevada mourns with them. I stand by to be of any assistance if there is anything that can be done," Reid said in a statement.

The school, which enrolls about 700 students in 7th and 8th grades, has a strict uniform policy that forbids the colors red and blue in students' outfits, colors commonly associated with rival gangs.

The violence erupted nearly a year after a gunman horrified the nation by opening fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., leaving 26 dead. The Dec. 14 shooting reignited debate over how best to protect the nation's schools and whether armed teachers should be part of that equation.

Washoe County School District held a session in the spring in light of the Connecticut tragedy to educate parents on what safety measures the district takes.

Sparks, a city of roughly 90,000 that sprung out of the railway industry, lies just east of Reno.

Associated Press Writer Michelle Rindels contributed from Las Vegas.

UPDATED 12:34 PM: The Reno Gazette Journal reports that two people — including the shooter — were killed Monday morning. Two other people are in critical condition at a local hospital.

SPARKS, Nev. — A shooter opened fire on a middle school east of Reno on Monday morning.

Multiple injuries were reported.

This story will be updated with more information when available.

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Bob White's picture

I think since we have had

I think since we have had President Obama as President there are a lot more of these sad stories. Its a shame.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

There is no point..............

There is no point having armed teachers. Putting guns into a school environment even with minimal training is not the answer. You could have an entire army platoon in place, fully armed, if their not at the exact spot, and takes action within the few seconds they would have. nothing will be prevented.
Schools, this one in particular, with a few school buildings in one cluster, are like a miniature town setting. In a town you may have one police officer for every five thousand citizens. In a school setting you may have one armed teacher for every three hundred students.
In both those scenarios what are the odds of an armed protector being in the vicinity of a situation which requires it. Just as in any city or town, what are the odds of law enforcement being present during a crime. Even deranged individuals will seek the best location for their crime. No, I think armed teachers in the classroom, is just a feel good response to this continuing tragedy. I can't really see any solution short of blocking free access and require metal detectors at every entrance, and we know that's not going to happen soon.

Noel Foss's picture

The teacher who was killed was a Military veteran

I have a difficult time considering his training "minimal"

Also, the shooting took place on school grounds, but not inside the school (where a metal detector would be located). Most schools have already blocked free access (Adam Lanza had to shoot out a locked reinforced door during his school attack), and many already have metal detectors. However, since this shooting occurred outside the building, both those countermeasures would have been moot.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

He was a math teacher..............

He was no more ready for what happened as anyone would be. I'm not talking physically ready, but mentally. If your just standing there, and someone comes up and just punches you in the face with no warning, I don't care how much military or any other training you have. You just may not react quick enough. It's hard for someone who might be expecting it. This poor man was a math teacher greeting the students I would imagine, and out of nowhere, a kid starts shooting a gun. I'm sure he did react, instinctively from his military experience. Unfortunately, reaction isn't nearly as effective as a plan of action. I don't care how well trained you are. With out the time to formulate a plan, your only chance is luck, and thats not always on your side.

Noel Foss's picture

He wasn't shot by surprise

He was trying to talk the shooter down when he got shot, and used his body to protect the students behind him.
You don't think he might have had more of a chance if he'd had a gun? He may have been a math teacher, but he was also a former Marine.

James Andrews's picture

Sad story

This is a sad story, but I'd bet this school was a so called "gun free" zone. How many more lives and injuries must we witness, before this sheer stupidioty is stopped? Gun men and armed psychos purposely target these "zones", because they know that the chance of someone beiong armed and shooting back at them is slim. Gun free zones opnly help the psychos and the criminals, while only further endangering the law abiding citizens, teachers, and students. It is time to nationally allow at least a few teachers/principals, etc., the right to carry concealed. It will save many lives over time.

James Andrews's picture

I'm sorry for the typing

I'm sorry for the typing mistakes........I mispelled stupidity!

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