Authorities: ‘Multiple’ students injured in shooting at suburban Denver school

May 08, 2019, 01:56
Authorities: ‘Multiple’ students injured in shooting at suburban Denver school

Police responded to reports of a shooting at the school at around 1:53 p.m. on Tuesday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

Authorities say a shooting at a suburban Denver school has injured two people.

Seven students, and possibly an eighth, were taken to a hospital with injuries, said Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth.

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Nicholson-Kluth did not provide an exact number of students that were injured.

Deputies are clearing the school, which has about 1,850 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, room by room, she said. More than 500 of those students are elementary age, ABC Denver affiliate KMGH reported.

School shootings are a frequent occurrence in the United States, where firearms killed almost 40,000 people in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Highlands Ranch is a suburb of Denver, and the school is roughly 14 miles from the city center. The scene is still considered "active" as the sheriff doesn't know if there is a third suspect or not.

The school was surrounded by first responders, Paulson said. "And then I just went after them", Christian Paulson said.

Multiple victims were also taken to the medical helicopter in the live broadcast (below) in the last few minutes.

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This is a developing story. No information was given to an age range of the victims and how numerous victims could be children.

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