A Nevada middle school student, who is said to be 12 or 13 years old and who is described by his classmates as a bullied but very nice guy, took a semiautomatic gun from his parents, went to Sparks Middle School in Nevada, and shot. “‘He was really a nice kid,’ Amaya Newton told CNN. ‘He would make you smile when you were having [a] bad day.’ He even offered to buy other students something to cheer them up, Newton said. Newton said she thought the two students who were wounded were friends of the shooter. She and her mother, Tabatha, said they thought the shooter had been bullied in the past,” reported CNN on Oct. 21, 2013.
“The shooter took a handgun from his parents, a federal law enforcement source who was briefed on the situation told CNN's Evan Perez. The gunman eventually shot and killed himself with the semiautomatic gun, Sparks Deputy Chief Tom Miller said Monday evening at a news conference.”
On Monday morning, around 7:15 a.m., only 15 minutes before classes were to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Sparks Middle School after a weeklong vacation, students were filing off the buses and gathering at the playground when the sound of shots echoed in the air. While the Nevada school district has its own 38-officer police department, no police officers were on campus at the time of the shooting.
Within three minutes of having received the first 911 call that shots had been fired at the Nevada school, law officers arrived at the scene of the chaos.
While officials are still trying to piece together the events of Monday morning’s Nevada school shooting, eye witnesses report that the lone gunman, a 12 or 13-year-old student, came on campus with his parents’ semiautomatic gun and was about to go on a shooting rampage.
As witnessed by 20 or 30 students, Michael Landsberry, who had served two tours in Afghanistan with the Nevada National Guard and who was a popular 8th-grade math teacher at the Nevada middle school, tried to talk the Nevada school shooter down, take his gun, and prevent him from going on a shooting rampage. The teen killed him.
“A student at a northern Nevada middle school opened fire on campus Monday morning, wounding two boys and killing a teacher who was trying to protect other children. Police say 20 to 30 students witnessed the shooting at Sparks Middle School,” reported San Diego’s 10News.
“As you can imagine, the best description is chaos,” said Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson. “It’s too early to say whether he was targeting people or going on an indiscriminate shooting spree.”
Besides killing 45-year-old math teacher Michael Landsberry, the teen shot two of his friends and killed himself with the semiautomatic during the Nevada school shooting.
“The gunman eventually shot and killed himself with the semiautomatic gun, Sparks Deputy Chief Tom Miller said Monday evening at a news conference.”
One of the Nevada school shooter’s 12-year-old friends was shot in the shoulder. His other friend was hit in the abdomen. Both students are listed in stable condition.
Teacher Michael Landsberry’s family members are not surprised that the popular math teacher and married veteran with two stepdaughters gave his life for the children.
What Michael Landsberry’s family members, friends, colleagues, and community members do not understand, however, is how a middle school student would have access to his parents’ semiautomatic gun and why a teen who is being described by his peers as bullied but “nice” would go on the Nevada school shooting rampage.