Student is shot dead 20 years on from Columbine

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Student is shot dead 20 years on from Columbine

 


Police are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch, a charter middle school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. after a shooting on Tuesday. AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Police are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch, a charter middle school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. after a shooting on Tuesday. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

One student died and eight classmates were injured on Tuesday in a shooting at a suburban Denver school, law enforcement authorities said, less than a month after the region marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

Two suspects, both students at the school, are in custody, according to Douglas County officials.

The Denver region has been on edge as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre was memorialised, and deadly threats were called in to other Denver-area schools.

The Columbine attack, in which two teenage gunmen killed 13 people, marked the beginning of a new era in the United States – a time when the threat of school shootings has taught a generation of children how to flee, hide and even fight back when faced with a gunman.

In a message on social media on Tuesday night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wrote “with extreme sadness” that a student had been killed in the attack.

Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has not identified the student, according to the sheriff’s department, but confirmed the victim was an 18-year-old male.

Police said that the quick response of local officers who exchanged fire with and arrested the suspect, “helped save lives”.

At the University of North Carolina in Charlotte last week, a student tackled a gunman who opened fire on a classroom, police said, killing two and injuring four others.

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Irish Independent

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