A 12-year-old boy in New Mexico wounded two students on Tuesday with a shotgun that he pulled from a bag. Police believe that the pre-teen shooter may have warned some students not to go to school on that day.
The New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said during a news conference on Tuesday night that there was some early information to suggest “that possibly some of the students were warned by the individual prior to the shooting not to go to school.”
A girl, age 13 and a boy 11, were wounded and taken to the hospital after Tuesday’s shooting. The girl is out of surgery and believed to be stable, but the boy is in critical condition and has already had surgery.
The police have the 12-year-old in custody that pulled out a shotgun during gym class and started shooting. One eyewitness said that, “He just ran in there and just shot.”
The police have already executed three search warrants for the boy’s locker, the bag he brought the gun into school with, and for his residence. The 12-year-old is in seventh grade at Berrendo Middle School which is located in the city of Roswell, New Mexico.
“We’ve confirmed that it is a 20-gauge shotgun. That the wood stock was sawed off,” said Kassetas.
The 13-year-old girl is Kendal Sanders and she sustained an injury to her right shoulder. The boy, who has not yet been identified, suffered injuries to his face and neck. There was no further comment from the police chief about some students being warned.
The attack lasted only 10 seconds because of unbelievable heroism from the school’s Social Studies teacher John Masterson. Reports describe Masterson walking up to the boy with the shotgun and persuading him to put it down.
Masterson was asked by police not to discuss the incident with reporters at this time, but he did say it was a “harrowing experience” and that the entire faculty performed exceptionally well.
Roswell is a very small city inside New Mexico and this incident has gotten the whole area understandably frightened. There are not even 50,000 inhabitants in this small region 200 miles south of Albuquerque. The school will be closed on Wednesday while the police and the families try to cope with this situation.
Monique Salcido, who is 13 and was in the gym when the shooting began said she was in total “shock” and that she saw him shoot two classmates who were her friends. She also said that she is afraid to go back to the school because she is afraid it will happen again.
The news that the preteen who started shooting in a New Mexico school may have warned some students to stay home from school that day is still under further investigation. For now residents are watching closely the life of the 11-year-old boy who is in critical condition in a New Mexico hospital after a 12-year-old pulled a shotgun out of his bag and started shooting during gym class.
By Nick Manai