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
Suspect in Custody After Roswell School Shooting
Law enforcement personnel set up a perimeter after a shooting at Berrendo Middle School.   (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Mark Wilson)

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. (Read more Roswell stories.)

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