Two Dead, Two Injured in Nevada Shooting

Fox News:

A staff member at a middle school in Nevada was shot and killed while trying to protect children after a student arrived on campus Monday and started opening fire, police say.

The shooting occurred at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev.

One male student injured in the shooting has gone through surgery, while the other is doing well, Washoe County School District Chief of Police Mike Mieras said during a news conference. The suspected gunman was also dead, and authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement. Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston told Reuters that the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A Sparks police dispatcher said reports of the shooting — which happened on the school’s campus, but outside the school building itself — started coming in at 7:16 a.m. local time.

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

Kyle Nucum, a 13-year-old student, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he saw a classmate shoot a teacher.

“We were at the basketball court and we heard a pop, like a loud pop, and everybody was screaming and the teacher came to investigate – I thought it was a firecracker at first, but the student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down and the student fired a shot at the teacher and the teacher fell and everybody ran away,” he said. “And we ran across the field to get somewhere safe and while we were running we heard about four or five more shots and we just got somewhere safe. This lady let us into her house.”

Authorities believe the staff member was trying to protect students when he was killed.

“My estimation is that he is a hero,” said Reno Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Robinson.

Police said there is no apparent motive yet for the shooting and they believe the gunman acted alone.

The area is now secure, but Sparks Middle School will remain closed for the rest of the week.

Washoe County School District spokesman Charles Rahn told the Associated Press that the middle school and the adjacent Agnes Risley Elementary School were evacuated to Sparks High School. Rahn said the elementary school will stay closed Monday.

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.”

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting.”

Photos from a shooting at Sparks Middle School Moday, October 21, that left two people dead and two in critical condition. Photo by Marilyn Newton/RGJ“My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene,” he added.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., 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.

Sparks, a city of roughly 90,000, lies just east of Reno.

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Here we go again. This time the tragedy comes from a 13 year old kid. These stories are becoming all too frequent and you have to wonder what’s going on with some of these kids that makes them think this is the thing to do.

I give the gungrabbers until tomorrow before they start screaming about this one, but rest assured, they will.

It seems to me they’ve over-done it on the number of law enforcement at the scene, considering these guys came in after the fact, but I guess you just never know.

~Kathy

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14 Responses to Two Dead, Two Injured in Nevada Shooting

  1. Bill Baldwin says:

    They’re already calling for more laws. The shooter was 13 years old, there are already laws that address him having a handgun, it’s illegal without his parent consent. Other groups are calling for ‘expanded’ background checks, as if that would address the likely theft issue here. Piers Morgan is already tap dancing in blood and I’m pretty sure he referred to the one child that was killed as a victim. The child that was killed was the shooter. Morgan is also calling for bans on semiautomatic rifles and handguns.

  2. Clyde says:

    Was the staffer shot by the “This School Is A Gun-Free Zone” sign ? Agree with Bill. I’m sure as soon as this hit CNN, Morgan was immediately erect.

  3. Hardnox says:

    What happened to all the cops that were posted at schools all over the country? Yea, I know… it was forgotten. I haven’t seen a cop at a school in over 6 months.

    On a side note, the kid no doubt has some mental issues, No gun law will correct this.

    Lastly, the gun-grabbing chorus started seconds after it hit the news.

    • Kathy says:

      You’re right, ‘Nox, no gun law can fix this, but that won’t stop the lefties from trying to ram more down our throats. On the other hand, a police presence or armed teachers at the school might have made a difference in this kid’s thinking.

  4. Buck says:

    Why is it when I was young every kid had cap pistols and we played cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers and had BB gun fights yet we never had the craze of deranged people shooting up GUN FREE ZONES we have today.
    It seems to me every time another gun control law goes into effect it only affects honest people, not criminals or mentally deranged.
    Had that teacher been armed don’t you think the outcome would’ve been different?

    • Bill Baldwin says:

      I don’t know your age, but chances are there were no Gun Free Zones when you were in school. Schools weren’t Gun Free Zones until 1996.

      Public rampage killers are treated like celebrities in the news, take away that notoriety, and it wouldn’t be so appealing, or, under the law of unintended consequences, the violence would be worse.

      Instead of people being outraged that a juvenile stole a firearm and killed a teacher, people should be outraged that a trained Marine was forbidden from protecting himself and the kids that he’s charged with protecting. It may or may not have made a difference if this hero was armed, but all but one public rampage killing occurred in areas where gun are forbidden except for law enforcement agents.

      • Kathy says:

        Great comments, Bill, thanks for adding that. I think you just said what we’re all thinking. As we’ve seen written before, nobody storms into a police station with a gun and intent.

    • Kathy says:

      Definitely, things would have been different had staff members been armed, which seems to be what we need today to offset the craziness. Things have changed greatly since our youth – sometime it’s hard to even recognize our world.

      There’s no way those thoughts went through our heads because we were taught respect and we were too afraid of getting our butts whipped. Nowadays, the kids think ‘it’s worth it’.

  5. I am definitely in the camp of having armed and trained adults in the schools. It is already a SCOTUS decision that police are NOT required to PREVENT tragedy.

    EVEN the knowledge that a weapon is available to an adult in the school is / would be a deterrent, to a youth.

    As for being 13, he had to have stolen it from the parents, somehow. And my use of the word, “Stolen” is intentional.

  6. Buck says:

    I know there were no gun free zones in my day. I was speaking of gun free zones of today.
    There were no school shootings in my day.
    There is school shootings in gun free zones today.
    Got it?

  7. western guy says:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., 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…..but, in the name of political expediency he absolutely refused to allow funding for children with medical needs….where are the reporters that will bring that to light….ahh, nothing but crickets

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly, WG, and why? Because the R’s wanted it, so his answer was/is an automatic no. Reporters?? The crickets are louder than the reporters.