New Mexico School Shooting: Children InjuredBy: Tina Volpe - January 14, 2014
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, there’s another school shooting – and this time the shooter was a student.
At Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico a student opened fire around 8:00 am local time, causing at least two children to be taken to the hospital and it is suspected that more could be hurt.
The state Department of Public Safety said in a news release that state and local police were called to the school at 8:11 a.m. and that “there are preliminary reports of injury,” though their number and extent were not immediately known.
They were taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where their conditions were not immediately available, she said.
Odiee Carranza, a student and witness said she saw a male student shot a boy twice in the face and shot the girl in the arm.
Carranza said she was walking to the school gym when a boy bumped into her as he rushed past. She told him to be careful, and he apologized and continued on. He ran to the gym, where he pulled a gun out of a band instrument case and fired at the students.
“Then he shot up in the sky, then dropped the gun, and then some teacher grabbed the kid that had the gun,” Carranza said.
Anyssa Vegara, a sixth-grader, told The Albuquerque Journal newspaper that she was talking to a security guard when she heard a shot.
“I turned around and all I saw was someone on the floor with their arm bleeding,” Vegara said. She said the guard ran to help and the students were ordered into their classrooms.
School went immediately into lock down and students were transported to a mall nearby so parents could pick them up.
The Roswell Police Department’s Facebook page said a suspect has been apprehended.