Older of two students arrested in Colorado shooting appears in court

09 May, 2019, 03:43 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Multiple students have been injured in a school shooting in Denver. Source Denver7More

The week of the anniversary, one of those threats shut down area schools for almost half a million students when an 18-year-old Florida woman who authorities say was a threat to the community flew to Denver, purchased a weapon and seemingly disappeared.

Kendrick Castillo was a hero.

One student has died and eight others were injured following a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado.

Cecilia Bedard, 19, had known Castillo since primary school and said he was always friendly, modest and pleased to help people.

Two students opened fire Tuesday inside a charter school in an affluent suburb of Denver not far from Columbine High School, killing a teenager, wounding eight and spreading terror before they were taken into custody, authorities said.

The STEM school, which is kindergarten through 12th grade, was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon and all other Douglas County schools were on lockout, the school district said.

A day after the shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., local officials urged people not to view such attacks as part of life in Colorado. Other Douglas County schools are open Wednesday but have extra security on-site. The two schools are separated by about 7 miles (11 kilometres) in adjacent communities south of Denver.

"You know what I hate?" he said.

Police dispatch tapes recorded officers looking for one suspect with black hair wearing a Nirvana hoodie and one with purple and black hair and a black hoodie.

Castillo lunged to tackle him, she said, "giving all of us enough time to get underneath our desks, to get ourselves safe, and to run across the room, to escape".

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Officers and teachers evacuating students at the school.

"We are making all of our public safety resources available to assist the Douglas County Sheriff's Department in their effort to secure the site and evacuate the students", Gov. Jared Polis said on Twitter.

"I want people to know about him", the teen's father, John Castillo, told KMHG through tears. "They completely and utterly failed in a matter of half a minute", he said of the attackers.

Student Nui Giasolli told NBC's "Today" show that she was in her British literature class when Erickson came in late and pulled out a gun.

The 18-year-old defendant being charged as an adult, Devon Erickson, sat silently at a small table with his head bowed and his hands shackled to his waist, flanked by two defence lawyers as a pair of sheriff's deputies stood just behind them.

But what happened inside STEM remains unclear.

Five patients were being treated at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, hospital spokeswoman Wendy Forbes told CNN in an email.

Elliott said he hopes this is the last school shooting his staff responds to, but they will continue to train and prepare.

Denver's ABC television affiliate, citing an unidentified police source, reported on Tuesday that one of the suspects, apparently the younger of the two, was born male but identified as female and had been bullied for it.



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