Two students walked into a Denver-area science and technology school and opened fire on Tuesday, wounding eight of their schoolmates before they were taken into custody, Reuters reports.
Several of the victims of the shooting were in critical condition and in surgery at local hospitals, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at an afternoon briefing. Spurlock declined to comment on a possible motive for the shooting rampage, saying it was too early in the investigation to speculate.
The suspects were identified only as students of the school, which serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office said deputies heard shots coming from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Denver, when they arrived to investigate reports of gunfire.
The shooting occurred less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in nearby Littleton, about 8 km from the STEM school.
In 1999, two Columbine students killed 13 people there before committing suicide in what remains one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.
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