School shooting in suburban Denver, Colorado: what we know

  • by German Lopez , Jun 06, 2019
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At least eight are injured, and two suspects are in police custody.

At least eight people were injured in a shooting at the STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado — about 20 miles south of Denver — on Tuesday, authorities confirmed.

“We have multiple students that have been injured,” Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said, according to CNN.

The shooting reportedly began in the middle school, which is part of the K-12 complex that makes up STEM School Highlands Ranch’s campus. When officers arrived on the scene, gunshots were still going off, police said. Police then took two suspects into custody, and they’re now securing the scene.

The story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.

What we know

  • The shooting began just before 2 pm local time at STEM School Highlands Ranch’s middle school. When police entered the building, shots were still going off.
  • At least eight people were injured, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Police took two suspects — an adult and a juvenile — into custody, and they don’t believe anyone else was involved yet, according to a local NBC affiliate.
  • STEM School Highlands Ranch is a charter school that covers kindergarten to 12th grade, housing about 1,800 students.
A map of the shooting location at STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver, Colorado.Javier Zarracina/Vox
  • Prior to the Highlands Ranch shooting, there had been at least 117 mass shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The organization defines mass shootings as events in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot but not necessarily killed in a similar time and place.

What we don’t know

  • The final casualty count
  • The identities of the victims
  • The identities of the shooter(s)
  • The motives of the shooter(s)

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