Tuesday 20 August 2019

Seven injured in Colorado school shooting

Two people are in custody.

Police outside the school in Highlands Ranch (David Zalubowski/AP)
Police outside the school in Highlands Ranch (David Zalubowski/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Seven people have been injured in a shooting at a school in Denver, Colorado.

Two people were in custody, authorities said.

Douglas County undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said there was possibly an eighth injured person.

She said she did not believe there were any other gunmen, but tactical teams were still searching the school room by room.

She did not know if there were fatalities or other details about the victims or the extent of their injuries.

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Armed police officers at the school (Courtney Harper via AP)

Lines of fire engines, ambulances and law enforcement vehicles from multiple agencies were at the school and medical helicopters landed on a grassy field.

The shooting happened at a school in Highlands Ranch, which has more than than 1,850 students from reception age to 17.

The sheriff’s office said they were called to the school at about 1.50pm.

Ms Nicholson-Kluth said police and deputies got there almost immediately and heard shots as they arrived.

The school is near a sheriff’s department substation.

The sheriff’s office directed parents to a nearby recreational centre to pick up their children.

Rocco DeChalk, who lives near the school, told television station KUSA that he saw so many students running past his house that at first he thought it was a gym class.

He went outside and saw a teenage boy who had been shot in the back being helped by a teacher and another student.

They took the boy into his kitchen and alerted a police officer, who sent for an ambulance.

A fleet of school buses arrived and dropped off students, some of whom were crying and holding hands with their classmates as they were helped off.

Governor Jared Polis said in a statement that he was making state public-safety resources available to help secure the site and evacuate students.

“The heart of all Colorado is with the victims and their families,” he said.

The shooting comes nearly three weeks after neighbouring Littleton marked the grim 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 13 people dead.

The two schools are separated by about seven miles in communities south of Denver.

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