UPDATE: Witness says gunman in NM school shooting was student

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A witness says the gunman in a school shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Roswell was a student.

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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) -- A witness says the gunman in a school shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Roswell was a student.

The shooter wounded two students at Berrendo Middle School on Tuesday morning before being taken into custody.

Officials at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, say a 14-year-old boy was flown there in critical condition, and a 13-year-old girl was en route in serious condition. Hospital spokesman Eric Finley says information from nurses treating the boy indicates he was the shooter's target.

A student who witnessed the shooting says the shooter was a boy who she thought was being bullied. Eighth grader Odiee Carranza says it happened in the school gym. She says the boy shot the 14-year-old twice in the face, and shot the girl in the arm.

Carranza says the boy then fired a shot into the sky before dropping the gun. A teacher then grabbed him.


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Officials at a Texas hospital say a 14-year-old boy who was the likely target of a school shooter in southeastern New Mexico has been brought there in critical condition.

Eric Finley of University of Medical Center in Lubbock says a 13-year-old girl also might be en route in critical condition.

Police say the shooting happened at 8:11 Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, and a suspect is in custody.

Officials at Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical say two students were brought there after the shooting. It's unclear if either of those victims was then transferred to Lubbock, or if the student being treated in Lubbock is a third victim.

Finley says information from nurses treating the boy indicates he was the target of the shooter.


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Officials in southern New Mexico say at least two children are being treated for injuries following a shooting at a Roswell middle school.

Brooke Linthicum of Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical Center says the two were brought in following the shooting at Berrendo Middle School, but she had no information on the type or extent of their injuries.

Roswell police say the suspected shooter was arrested Tuesday and the school has been placed on lockdown.

Roswell has been rocked by gang violence in recent years and has asked Homeland Security Investigations to step in and help. Word of the shooting was posted on the Roswell Police Department's Facebook page.

Police say children will be bused to a nearby mall where parents can pick up them up.


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