Marine hopeful helped subdue shooter at Colorado school

Castillo was a member of the school's award-winning robotics team and just three days away from graduation.

The public charter school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math has more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

"When kids go to school, they should be going to school to learn, have fun, be with their friends, not be anxious about an active shooter".

In 1999, two Columbine students killed 13 people before committing suicide. "The next thing I know he is pulling a gun and is telling nobody to move", she said.

The guard drew his weapon and apprehended the person, Whitus said.

"Colorado will always remember the heroism of Kendrick Castillo", he said.

"I can tell you that there were shots fired", Spurlock continued.

Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has not identified the student who was killed, according to the sheriff's department, but confirmed that the victim is an 18-year-old male.

Shooters like those involved in Tuesday's attack, Cullen said, nearly always have studied previous attacks - specifically the Columbine killers, Cullen said.

"With school shootings, it takes a real toll on the nurses and the staff and the physicians who might have kids at those schools".

The shooting took place exactly a week after a gunman killed two students and wounded four at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

It also comes almost three weeks after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre that killed 13.

Nicholson-Kluth said she believed the victims were injured by gunfire.

A spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said: "This is still an active shooter situation".

Other eyewitnesses, like an 8-year-old students who reacted in bewilderment to what, she said, was hearing a gunshot for the first time and in her school.

Spurlock said investigators had not yet determined the motive for the attack that erupted shortly before 2 p.m. The youngest injured student was 15.

Michael Schwart, a former student of the school told CBS he spoke to friends from the STEM school who told him "a "couple" of students were "able to pin [the shooter] to the ground".

A suspect vehicle was being searched in the school parking lot, Spurlock said, and both suspects' houses would be searched.

In all, nine people were said to be hit by the shooters. However, no staff or teachers were known to be hurt.

The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting, and parents were being directed to meet their children at Northridge Rec Center at 8800 S. Broadway. "This is something that no one wants to have happen in their community", Spurlock said in a press conference late Tuesday afternoon.

"Any time there is police activity in our area, we increase the presence of district security and local law enforcement throughout our district, in and around our schools and at activity/athletic events".

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