December 13, 2013
Teacher killed, two wounded in Nevada school shooting
A teacher was shot dead and two students were wounded when a student opened fire at a middle school in the northern Nevada city of Sparks before taking his own life, law enforcement officials said.
Both of the wounded students from Sparks Middle School were listed in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center in nearby Reno, where one of them had undergone emergency surgery, said Tom Miller, acting Sparks police chief.
"A kid started getting mad and he pulled out a gun and shoots my friend, one of my friends at least," a seventh-grade student identified as Andrew told local KOLO-TV. "And then he walked up to a teacher and says back up, the teacher started backing up and he pulled the trigger."
"The teacher was just lying there and he was limp, he didn't know what to do, he was just in a lot of pain," Andrew told KOLO.
"And me and five other friends went to him and said come on we've got to get him to safety. We picked him up, carried him a little bit far and we left him because our vice principal came along and said go, go, go get to safety, get to safety. So we left the teacher there and we went to safety," he said.
The incident marked the latest in a string of shooting rampages across the United States in recent years, some of them at schools, that have reignited a national debate over gun control.