It was a chaotic scene, children running, screaming and crying as a gunman opened fire on students at a Nevada school.
The playground emptied quickly as students sprinted toward safety when a fellow student started opening fire with a Ruger 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
It was reported by KTLA 5, that the shooter shot a student near a hallway in the shoulder. It was after this shooting that the Marine turned math teacher encountered the shooter as he crossed the basketball court. An eye witness said that Michael Landsberry, 45, was trying to get the student to put his gun down.
A Los Angeles Times article reports a witness said the shooter refused to put down his gun and shot the teacher almost immediately after encountering him.
"The suspect shot the teacher, continued southbound, shot a second student in the abdomen. The suspect then turned around and headed northbound and shot himself, according to Sparks Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Miller.
Police are at a loss why the boy, 12, arrived at Sparks Middle School around 7:15 a.m. and started firing on students. The police wouldn't speculate about a motive. However, there have been reports in other media outlets that bullying might be the motive.
It's reported that Landsberry, served multiple tours in Afghanistan with the Nevada Air National Guard. Michael's brother told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, he wasn't surprised by his brother's actions of trying to "talk the kid down and protect whoever he could," said Reggie Landsberry.
Landsberry joined the Marines upon graduation from high school in Reno, Nevada in 1986. A statement from the Nevada Air National Guard said Landsberry had an associate's degree in law enforcement and a bachelor's degree in education. In 2001, the same year he began teaching he enlisted in the Guard.
Landsberry served in the Marines for 22 years.
The Marine Corps Examiner salutes Michael Landsberry and his heroic actions that was credited with saving student's lives. Condolences go out to his family as well. Semper Fidelis Mr. Landsberry and God bless you sir. If you would like to pay your respect you can visit a Facebook memorial page setup in Mr. Landsberry's honor, click here.
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