School Shootings
May 7, 2019

An 18-year-old man was killed on Tuesday after two students entered a school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and opened fire, authorities said.

The shooting took place at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a public charter school with 1,850 students, from kindergarten to 12th grade. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the suspects, whose names have not been released, entered the school and opened fire in two classrooms. Deputies arrived within minutes, and after a struggle, the suspects were arrested.

Spurlock said the suspects were not known to authorities before Tuesday. The victim's name has not been released. Eight other students were injured, with two in serious condition, The Associated Press reports. STEM School Highlands Ranch is seven miles away from Columbine High School in Littleton, where two students killed 13 people 20 years ago last month. Catherine Garcia

October 17, 2018

At least 19 students were killed and 53 wounded in a shooting at a vocational school in Crimea on Wednesday.

Of the wounded, 12 are in serious condition. Police say the suspect, 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, killed himself inside the Kerch Polytechnic College library. He was described as a "shy loner," The Associated Press reports, and local officials said he just recently was granted a permit to own a shotgun and only a few days ago purchased 150 cartridges. Sergei Aksyonov, regional leader of Crimea, said Roslyakov was "walking around and shooting students and teachers in cold blood."

There was confusion throughout the day, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying at one point the victims all died in an explosion at the same time Russia's Investigative Committee said the students were all shot. Explosive devices were found on campus. In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, and this is Russia's greatest loss of life in an act of school violence since the three-day school siege in Beslan in 2004, which left 333 people dead. Catherine Garcia

May 26, 2018

A science teacher named Jason Seaman stopped a school shooting in his classroom at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana, on Friday. A boy in the class asked to be excused, returning shortly with two handguns he begin firing in the room. Seaman threw a basketball he was holding at the shooter and then tackled and disarmed him, restraining the student despite being shot three times.

Seaman is "very brave. He's a hero today, and he did something that most people would never dare to do," said student and eyewitness Ethan Stonebraker, age 13. "If it wasn't for him ... a lot of us could have been hurt. He pretty much protected all of us and it's something that you couldn't ask more of."

Seaman and one injured student were hospitalized as the investigation into the attack continues. "I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great," Seaman said in a statement through his wife. "To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach."

Police have yet to determine what motivated the shooter or where he obtained the weapons he used. The names of the shooter and the student he injured, a girl, have not been released. President Trump praised Seaman in a tweet Saturday morning, saying his "quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!" Bonnie Kristian

March 23, 2018

A 17-year-old student who brought a gun to Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland, on Tuesday did not live to see his victim die. But by Thursday, it was clear that Jaelynn Willey, 16, had "no life left in her," her mother, Melissa Willey, told reporters Thursday night, and her parents had decided to remove her from life support. "On Tuesday ... our lives changed completely and totally forever," Melissa Willey said. "My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives."

Just before class on Tuesday, police say, Austin Rollins took out his father's Glock handgun and opened fire, hitting Willey and a 14-year-old student who was released from the hospital on Wednesday. A school security officer, sheriff's Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, responded within a minute and shot Rollins, St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said. It isn't clear yet if Rollins killed himself or was shot dead by Gaskill. "All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence," the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, adding that Rollins and the girl had been in a recently ended relationship. Peter Weber

March 8, 2018

A female student one month shy of her 18th birthday was shot dead and a 17-year-old male injured around dismissal time at a Birmingham, Alabama, high school on Wednesday. "At this particular time, we are considering this accidental," Birmingham interim Police Chief Orlando Wilson said Wednesday afternoon. "Right now we have a lot of unanswered questions." The shooting, at Huffman High School, prompted a brief lockdown, and school is canceled for Thursday. "We are asking questions from the staff, the students, anyone who was in that area," Wilson said. "This should not happen in schools."

Neither of the students involved in the shooting have been identified, though Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the deceased female was a senior "who had aspirations and dreams to be a nurse." The male was released from the hospital Wednesday night. Huffman High School, one of Birmingham's largest, has metal detectors and they were working, Wilson said. Peter Weber

January 24, 2018

The town of Benton, Kentucky, is mourning the loss of two 15-year-old high school students, Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope, shot dead Tuesday at Marshall County High School by an unidentified 15-year-old classmate who also wounded 12 other people and caused a stampede in which five other students were injured. It is America's worst school shooting of 2018 — only 23 days old — but it is also at least the country's 11th school shooting since Jan. 1, The New York Times reports. There were two on Monday, for example, in Italy, Texas, and New Orleans.

There have been about 50 school shootings in the U.S. this academic year (some were suicides, and some resulted in no injuries), and about one shooting a week since 2013, the Times says. "We have absolutely become numb to these kinds of shootings, and I think that will continue," Katherine W. Schweit, a former senior FBI official, tells the Times. She coauthored an FBI study of 160 active-shooter situations between 2000 and 2013, and a quarter of them were in educational settings, the number growing as the study went on. You can read more about how schools and states are responding at The New York Times. Peter Weber

September 14, 2017

A 10th grade student opened fire at a high school near Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday, killing one student and injuring three others. Witnesses said the attacker rode a bus to school, carrying a rifle and handgun in a duffel bag. Three injured girls were rushed to a hospital in stable condition. The boy who was killed, Sam Strahan, was shot in the head as he urged the shooter, whose first gun had jammed, to stop firing. A staffer was credited with tackling the armed boy, identified by students as Caleb Sharpe, before police arrived. The attacker's "face was completely passive," said Elisa Vigil, a 14-year-old freshman. "I crouched down in the hall. I looked up and a girl screamed, 'Help me, help me, help me.' ... She was shot in the back."

You can learn more in this report from local NBC affiliate KHQ.

"These are senseless, tragic events that really don't need to happen and I don't really understand them," Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told reporters. Harold Maass

September 28, 2016

Authorities say a teenager who allegedly shot and wounded two students and a teacher Wednesday at a South Carolina elementary school killed his father earlier in the day.

Jeffrey Osborne, 47, was found dead inside his Townville home from a gunshot wound, police say. The 14-year-old suspect, who was homeschooled, is in custody, and authorities are trying to determine what ties he might have to Townville Elementary School. Chief Sheriff Deputy Keith Smith said the teen did not enter the school, and the shooting took place on the playground.

One 6-year-old victim is in critical condition and undergoing surgery, while the other victim, also 6, has been discharged from the hospital. The teacher is still being treated. The school, which has an enrollment of 286 students, was evacuated after the incident, and is closed for the rest of the week. Catherine Garcia

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