(Photo: David Culvert/Getty Images) 
Hide Caption

Nevada police ID Sparks Middle School shooter as 12-year-old boy

a a a a
Share this story

SPARKS, Nev. -- The 12-year-old lone gunman police say is responsible for the death of a Nevada teacher and himself found the gun at his home. 

As the AP reported Tuesday, Nevada police did not release his name out of respect for his family. 

Police said the shooter used a semi-automatic gun on Monday at Sparks Middle School. In the shooter's rampage, an 8th-grade math teacher was shot and killed before the gunman turned the gun on himself, taking his own life. 

According to the AP, police of the Washoe County School District were unsure where the weapon was purchased. Investigators are working to learn how the gunman got his hands on the 9mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun. 

RELATED: Nevada police say Sparks Middle School killed teacher, turned gun on himself
MORE: Sparks Middle School parent: Mr. Landsberry was a hero

Two 12-year-old boys were hurt as the gunman fired shots on the Sparks campus. One was shot in the shoulder, the other was hit tin the abdomen, the AP reported. The boys were listed in stable condition shortly after Monday's shooting, and were recovering on Tuesday. 

Authorities did not give details on the gunman's motive, and investigators are working to determine how the shooter got his hands on the gun. The AP said students were returning to school following a week's vacation when the shots rang out, just 15 minutes before the first class bell would ring.

Sparks Middle School is located in a working-class suburb of Reno. About 700 students are enrolled in 7th and 8th grades.

 

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More National News
Alfredo Simon accused of sexual assault, sued
Alfredo Simon accused of sexual assault, sued

A New Jersey woman claims Alfredo Simon, who plays for the Cincinnati Reds, sexually assaulted her in Washington, D.C. last spring.

House speaker Boehner: World wants US to lead
House speaker Boehner: World wants US to lead

House Speaker John Boehner says U.S. global allies want America to show strong leadership, and he's encouraged by plans to deploy…

Fetal tissue used to power some Oregon homes
Fetal tissue used to power some Oregon homes

An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste…

Labor Dept. aims to reduce black lung disease
Labor Dept. aims to reduce black lung disease

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels…

GM faces another safety investigation
GM faces another safety investigation

General Motors is dealing with another government safety investigation. This time the car targeted is the 2014 Impala.

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned
Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to…

Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable…

Supreme Court upholds ban on affirmative action
Supreme Court upholds ban on affirmative action

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

Infant found in Detroit home with dead mother
Infant found in Detroit home with dead mother

An infant is fighting for her life after she was left alone with her mother’s dead body for several days.