Police gather around the site of a shooting at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada.
A student opened fire at a Nevada middle school, killing a teacher and injuring two students. The shooter is also dead, but it is not currently clear if he was killed by law enforcement or if took his own life. One of the injured students was taken into surgery, and the other is said to be doing well. It is not clear at the moment what the motivation was for the attack at the middle school in Sparks, Nevada.
One student provided an eye-witness account of the shooter opening fire:
"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," said the witness.
Details about the Nevada school shooting are still trickling in. The teacher who was killed was said to be a popular math teacher, but police are withholding his name at the moment. Both students injured by the Nevada shooter are male, and in stable condition. For now, authorities have secured the area, and are investigating who the student was, and what inspired him to kill. Tom Robinson, deputy chief of the Reno Police Department, told the media that the basics of the case were still being determined:
"As you can imagine, the best description is chaos," said Robinson. "It's too early to say whether he was targeting specific people or just going on an indiscriminate shooting spree."
Students at the Nevada middle school where the shooting occurred were taken to a nearby high school to meet their parents. Classes were cancelled at two other schools in the area.
The event will inevitably be used as fodder for advocates of arming teachers, but from what we know, that wouldn’t have saved anyone here. The real challenge is to identify these students before they turn into killers. It’s a lot more difficult, but a lot more important than arming the “good guys.”