A shooting at Sparks Middle School near Reno, Nev. Monday morning left two people dead and two boys in critical condition.
Police say the shooting occurred at about 7:15 a.m. local time Monday at the school in Sparks, Nev., a town just east of Reno, when a 12-year-old boy was shot as classes were starting. The school was placed on lockdown and students were initially evacuated to nearby Agnes Risley Elementary School, and then to Sparks High School where their parents were directed to pick them up.
Shortly after the shooting, the Sparks Police Department urged the public to stay away from the middle school and said the suspect had been "neutralized." Sparks City Manager Shaun Carey told the Reno Gazette-Journal the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officials have not confirmed how many people in total have been injured, although they said several were shot. Two people, including the alleged shooter, have died, while two male patients, both minors, are in critical condition at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning," said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, in a statement. "Kathleen and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those affected by these tragic events."
Sandoval said the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene.
The last school shooting in the area happened at Pine Middle School in Reno on March 14, 2006. Student James Newman, then 14, shot and injured two classmates with a handgun that belonged to his parents. He was charged as an adult on charges of attempted murder and was sentenced to house arrest until he completed 200 hours of community service.
Newman said in an interview with police that he planned the shooting in advance after researching the Columbine High School shooting online.
Monday's shooting also comes close to the one-year anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, during which gunman Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 first-grade students and six adults.
Since January 2012, there have been 28 school shootings, including the shooting at Sparks Middle School. Fourteen of those shootings included fatalities.
Officials will hold a second press conference at 11 a.m. PDT.