A school shooting in Colorado left one dead and eight injured. Two students are now in custody.
Two suspected student shooters entered STEM School Highlands Ranch and opened fire at two locations in the school on May 7.
“I do know there were a number of shots fired as officers were arriving at the school,” Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth stated. “They could still hear gunshots and as they were entering the school.”
The charter school has roughly 1,850 students and covers grades K-12. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, nine students were shot, including 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo who died after reportedly lunging at the gunman, giving others time to hide. The injured students are all age 15 or older.
Officials say the suspects were armed with pistols. One of the suspects has been identified as 18-year-old Devon Erickson. Both suspects are students at the school. A motive is still unknown.
The shooting comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
STEM School Highlands Ranch is roughly seven miles from Columbine and roughly 20 miles from the Aurora theater where 12 people were killed in 212. According to the Douglas County school superintendent, STEM School Highlands Ranch will be closed for the rest of the week.