Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico was the site of a shooting on Tuesday morning, according to a CNN report on Tuesday. Two children were reportedly taken to the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. One injured boy is in critical condition and an injured girl is in satisfactory condition. The boy in critical condition was taken to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
A 12-year-old boy shot the two classmates after pulling his gun out of his band-instrument case. A teacher talked him into dropping the gun after the gunman shot the two. The boy who was shot, 11 years old, was reportedly the intended target of the shooter. The students were in the gym before school where students typically wait for school to start on mornings when the weather is inclement or cold.
A staff member also received minor injuries but declined medical attention and stayed to help at the school.
New Mexico’s Department of Public Safety said that local and state police officials were notified of the shooting at 8:11 a.m. They were informed that there were injuries – though details on the number of injuries and the extent of the injuries were not reported at first.
The school was initially placed on lockdown. Students were then bused away from the school to a mall, and the suspect in the shooting was taken away.
The school will reopen on Thursday.
Berrendo is a middle school located at 800 Marion Richards Road in Roswell, New Mexico. The city of Roswell is the county seat of Chaves County in the southeastern portion of the state. It has a population of 48,000 which makes it the fifth largest city in the state. It is a center for irrigation farming, dairy industry, ranching, manufacturing, and petroleum production.