Student, 12, used shotgun to shoot two students in Roswell
A middle school student is in custody after opening fire in his gym with a shotgun and critically injuring two teenagers in Roswell, N.M., according to authorities.
Law enforcement sources told ABC News there were two victims in the shooting at Berrendo Middle School. The Eastern New Mexico Medical Center confirmed it treated two patients, who were then air lifted to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, located about 175 miles from the middle school.
A spokesperson for UMC said a 14-year-old boy is out of surgery and is listed in critical condition. A 13-year-old girl is also being treated at the hospital and is listed in serious condition, according to the spokesperson. The staff member suffered a minor injury and was not treated.
The shooting unfolded shortly after 8 a.m. this morning, according to officials. An official said the boy went into the gym where students congregated before school to get out of the cold.
Odiee Carranza, an eighth grade student, told the Associated Press a male student bumped into her as he rushed towards the gym and apologized to her. When the alleged shooter entered the gym, Carranza said she saw him pull a gun out of a band instrument case and begin shooting.
She said the boy with gun shot another boy twice in the face and shoot a girl in the arm.
"Then he shot up in the sky, then dropped the gun, and then some teacher grabbed the kid that had the gun," Carranza told the AP.
Police said the weapon was a shotgun and the shooter was a 12-year-old seventh grader.
After the scene was secure this morning, students were bused from the school to Roswell Mall where police said parents will be allowed to pick up their children. Authorities asked parents to stay away from the school during the ongoing investigation.
The Roswell incident is the latest school shooting to rattle the country. It comes one month after a gunman open fired at Arapahoe High School in Colorado.
Police said Karl Pierson, 18, who was armed with a shotgun, machete and had Molotov cocktails in his backpack, was intent on seeking "revenge" on the school's debate team instructor who had dropped him from the team.
Pierson came upon senior Claire Davis, 17, while looking for his intended target. He critically wounded the high school senior before police said he took his own life.
Davis died on Dec. 21 from her injuries.
The Arapahoe shooting also took place on the eve of the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people - most of them first graders - were killed.