Police confirmed a school shooting took place Monday morning at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada, outside Reno. A student reportedly shot and killed a popular math teacher and wounded two young boys before shooting himself.
In a press conference, Sparks police said several were shot as classes were starting around 7:16 am. Two boys were taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to a Renown Regional Hospital spokeswoman.
One student, 13-year-old Kyle Nucum, told RGJ that he watched another student, around 13 or 14 years old, point a gun at a teacher, who told him to put it down. The student shot the teacher, at which point Kyle and other students ran away. He heard four or five more shots before a woman sheltered him and other students in her house.
The teacher was later identified as Michael Landsberry, an eighth grade math teacher and Nevada Army National Guardsman. During a press conference, Deputy Reno Police Chief Tom Robinson called Landsberry “a hero” for trying to intervene in the shooting.
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) released the following statement:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning. My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene. Kathleen and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those affected by these tragic events.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) also issued condolences: “My condolences go out to the victims’ families and my thoughts are with the teachers, administrators, parents and students at Sparks Middle School who have experienced a traumatic morning. No words of condolence could possibly ease the pain, but I hope it is some small comfort that Nevada mourns with them. I stand by to be of any assistance if there is anything that can be done and I will continue to monitor the situation.”