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Nevada Student Shoots Teacher Dead; Wounds 2 Before Killing Self

A Sparks Middle School student cries and is comforted after being released from Agnes Risley Elementary School, where some students were evacuated to after a shooting at the school in Sparks, Nevada, Oct. 21, 2013.
A Sparks Middle School student cries and is comforted after being released from Agnes Risley Elementary School, where some students were evacuated to after a shooting at the school in Sparks, Nevada, Oct. 21, 2013.
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A 12-year-old student armed with a handgun shot and killed a teacher and wounded two classmates before killing himself at his middle school in Nevada shortly before classes began on Monday, law enforcement officials said.
 
Both of the wounded students from Sparks Middle School were rushed to Renown Regional Medical Center in nearby Reno, where one of them underwent emergency surgery, said Tom Miller, acting Sparks police chief. Reports inidcate that the students are now in stable condition. One was shot in the shoulder, the other in the abdomen.
 
The Reno Gazette-Journal newspaper identified the slain school staff member as 45-year-old math teacher Michael Landsberry, a military veteran, quoting the man's sister-in-law. Authorities did not immediately name the teacher. Landsberry died while trying to protect his students.
 
Witnesses described a chaotic scene at the school in the northwestern Nevada town of Sparks, located just east of Reno, after the gunfire erupted in an outdoor area as students were arriving for the school day.
 
“A kid started getting mad and he pulled out a gun and shoots my friend, one of my friends at least,” a seventh-grade student identified as Andrew told local KOLO-TV. “And then he walked up to a teacher and says back up, the teacher started backing up and he pulled the trigger.”
 
“The teacher was just lying there and he was limp, he didn't know what to do, he was just in a lot of pain,” he told KOLO.
 
“And me and five other friends went to him and said come on we've got to get him to safety. We picked him up, carried him a little bit far and we left him because our vice principal came along and said go, go, go get to safety, get to safety. So we left the teacher there and we went to safety,” Andrew said.
 
Family members of Landsberry described him as a hero who tried to persuade the young gunman to drop his weapon.
 
“To hear he was trying to protect those kids doesn't surprise me at all,” his sister-in-law, Chanda Landsberry told the Gazette-Journal. “He could have ducked and hid, but he didn't. That's not who he is.”
 
'Why Are You Laughing?'
 
A 13-year-old eighth grader named Kyle Nucum told the Gazette-Journal that he heard about half a dozen shots. Student Michelle Hernandez said she had seen the suspect before the shooting began.
 
“I heard him saying, 'Why you people making fun of me, why you laughing at me,”' Hernandez told the paper.
 
Sparks Mayor Geno Martini told a late-morning news conference that the shooting marked a tragic day for the city.

“I just want to reiterate again that the city itself is very safe and this is just an isolated incident," he said. "But it's very, very tragic and I'm saddened to be here to have to tell you this.”
 
Law enforcement officials said the student gunman opened fire at 7:16 a.m. local time, about 15 minutes before classes were scheduled to begin at the school, which serves about 700 seventh and eighth grade students.
 
Robinson said it was too early to tell if the boy, who was not immediately identified by authorities, was targeting anyone in the shooting rampage. Authorities also declined to immediately speculate on his motives.

The local police chief said between 150 and 200 officers responded to the incident.

Classes and after school activities were canceled at Sparks Middle School for the rest of the week and counselors would be on hand to work with students and staff members who were traumatized by the shooting, the school district said.

The shooting was the latest in a string of deadly gun incidents across the United States. It came nearly a year after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in which 20 students and six adults died.

Some information in this report was contributed by Reuters.

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