Colorado STEM School Shooting Outside of Denver, Multiple Injuries
A Colorado STEM school shooting in Highlands Ranch near Denver has left 7 or 8 students injured and two shooters in custody, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. The SWAT team searched room to room in the school for a possible third shooter. At least four of the injured were taken by medical helicopter to the hospital in serious condition, according to NBC news. The incident occurred in the Middle School.
#stemshooting 7 possibly 8 students have been injured. Two shooters in custody. SWAT still clearing school. Students being bused to Northridge Rec Center. Parents please have patience with reunification process.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 7, 2019
Colorado STEM School shooting
Police responded to the report of shots fired at the STEM school in Highlands Ranch at around 1:53 p.m. on Tuesday. The STEM school is a public charter school. They immediately put the school into lockdown. [Note: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math]. Other schools in the vicinity were also on lockout. Students were evacuated.
The first update from the Douglas County Sheriff said that police first found two people injured, and heard shots when they arrived. Several agencies responded to assist, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF). Police tweets that the situation was unstable at first, and asked people to stay away.
The Douglas County Sheriff Undersheriff, Holly Nicholson-Kluth, stated that at this point it is unclear whether the two shooters in custody were students, or whether there was a third shooter for sure. Obviously, it’s too soon to learn a motive, but this article will be updated with more information after it is available.