Middle School Shooting: 2 Kids Injured, 1 in Custody
Takes place at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2014 10:12 AM CST
Updated Jan 14, 2014 3:56 PM CST
Law enforcement personnel set up a perimeter after a shooting at Berrendo Middle School.   (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Mark Wilson)

(Newser) – Two kids were seriously injured today in a shooting at a middle school in Roswell, NM, and authorities say the shooting suspect—another student—is in custody. A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were airlifted to a Texas hospital, KOB reports. The boy was in critical condition and the girl was upgraded to serious condition. The suspect is a 12-year-old boy, and initial reports suggest that the wounded boy was his intended target. Witnesses say he was shot in the face, reports the Albuquerque Journal. Police haven't speculated about a motive.

The AP has this:

  • "Eighth-grader Odiee Carranza said she was walking to the school gym when a boy bumped into her as he rushed past. She told him to be careful, and he apologized and continued on. He ran to the gym, where he pulled a gun out of a band instrument case and fired at the students." She described the suspect as a "smart kid and a nice kid."
Gov. Susana Martinez says a teacher at Berrendo Middle School approached the shooter and convinced him to put his shotgun down after the initial shots.

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Jan 15, 2014 11:50 AM CST
This is really sad. I pray that the boy and the girl that was injured will heal, and return back to their families. Meanwhile, I hope that the boy who shot these two will be put in prison and they should throw away the key. He needs some serious help. Like where do kids get guns anyway? like seriously, there have been way too many school shootings smh.
Jan 15, 2014 8:50 AM CST
A 12 year old shoots two classmates, and you gun nuts are trying to justify it, making all kinds of excuses.Last year, 91 children under 10 were killed by gun fire in the US, including the 20 kids in Connecticut. More than all of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Mexico combined. Why? What's the difference?
Jan 15, 2014 6:41 AM CST
1. The press is all over any shooting of innocent and usually defenseless people. Why don't they report on the dozens and dozens of shootings every month where store clerks and armed citizens successfully defend themselves and their stores because they either carry or have access to a firearm? Just do a search: "The Armed Citizen" and you'll see many of the valuable stories that really should be reported but are not by our liberal, socialistic and biased anti-gun "press." 2. The average American has no idea of the extent of censorship in the Gannett controlled newspapers and TV stations. Gannett owns 90 daily and 1,000 weekly newspapers along with 23 TV stations that are in 41 states. That's a clear monopoly and the incumbents in our two ruling parties would like Gannett to control 100% of the newspapers and TV stations! You see, Gannett contributes to both of our two ruling parties and has always had a liberal agenda. 3. The good news from this writer's perspective is that like all printed media and even TV stations, the internet has put them under financial stress due to loss of subscribers and watchers.