The school that was attacked is an elementary, middle, and high school combined as Highlands Ranch joined hundreds of schools near Denver in closing temporarily amid security concerns.
A student has been killed and seven others sustained injuries after two shooters opened fire at a school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, police said.
The shooting at the Highlands Ranch charter school is the latest at an educational institution, rattling communities nationwide because young people have been put in mortal danger in places long considered safe havens.
One adult and one juvenile, who haven’t been named by police, went on a rampage at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon. They took the life of an 18-year-old student before they were apprehended by a SWAT team and taken into custody.
Kelly Paulson, who lives near the attacked school where her son and daughter attend, told KMGH that her son Christian was in study hall when he saw a “bunch of kids running out and saying, ‘school shooter, school shooter.’ ”
Kelly Rocco DeChalk, who also lives close to the school, told NBC News that he left his house and saw a boy who had been shot in the back, sitting by a mailbox at a nearby home.
He said: “I saw all of them running, so I thought it was a gym class at first. But then I saw there were so many of them.”DeChalk said the wounded boy was with a teacher and a friend. He called 911 before taking them into his kitchen to wait.
The boy’s condition has not been reported, but area hospitals said two victims were in serious condition, two were listed as stable, one was said to be in good condition, and three were released, according to The New York Times.
The school that was attacked is an elementary, middle, and high school combined that teaches students aged 5 to 18. After the attack, parents were urged to pick their wards at the nearby recreational centre.
Students who were not injured were taken to Northridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch, where hundreds of anxious parents gathered to look for their children on Tuesday afternoon.
Sheriff Spurlock said the school, which has about 1,800 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, had no police officer assigned to it and used private security instead. The sheriff said that the school alerted law enforcement “almost immediately after the first gunshots were fired” and that deputies arrived roughly two minutes later.