A shooting at a suburban STEM school Tuesday left at least seven human beings injured, authorities said.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said two suspects have been in custody and it was viable there ought to be a third suspect in the school, which was once still being searched.
The sheriff’s office referred to as the state of affairs at the Highlands Ranch faculty an “active and unstable scene.” Police had been in a position to get to the college rapidly due to the fact there is a law enforcement substation nearby.
The shooting happened at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a public charter school with more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
The sheriff’s office directed parents to a recreational center to pick up their children. Lines of firetrucks, ambulances and law enforcement vehicles rushed to the scene along with medical helicopters.
Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said there was a possible eighth injury but said officials didn’t believe there were any other shooters. Tactical teams, however, were still searching room by room. She did not know whether there were fatalities or other details about the victims or the extent of their injuries.
The STEM school was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon and all other Douglas County schools were on lockout, the school district said.
“The heart of all Colorado is with the victims and their families,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.
Residents in the area described frightened parents arriving amid confusion and worry.
“I heard a lot of loud bangs but then my boss’s dogs started barking. Next thing you know you hear all the cops coming in and all these kids running out,” said nanny Vanessa Valenzuela, 24, who was working across the street. “I kind of got scared when all these parents were just running into the school and you could tell they were all really upset.”
Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, whose district includes Denver’s eastern suburbs, immediately called for legislative action.
“It is not enough to send thoughts and prayers, it is empty, it is weak, and it does an injustice to our children who are on the frontlines of this violence,” Crow said in a statement. “We must pass common-sense gun violence laws and ensure we are preparing our educators and law enforcement with the tools and resources necessary to create a safe and welcoming environment.”
Douglas County School District, which consists of the STEM school, cancelled classes closing month for the duration of an FBI manhunt for a woman “infatuated” with the Columbine shooting. The faculty is about eight miles from Columbine High School.