(Highlands Ranch, CO-AP) — A parent in one of the classrooms where a school shooting took place on Tuesday is describing the scene. Brad Bialy told the New York Times his oldest son, Brendan, and two other students saw one of the suspects enter their classroom and pull a gun out of a guitar case.
He said the three of them tried to tackle the gunman, but one of the boys was shot in the chest. Nine students at STEM School Highlands Ranch were shot Tuesday and one of them died. Police announced they arrested 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a 17-year-old male they did not identify because he is a juvenile.
The two suspects did struggle with police, but neither was injured. The kindergarten-through-grade 12 charter school has more than 18-hundred student and specializes in teaching science, technology, engineering and math. It is located about seven miles from Columbine High School, the site of a school shooting in 1999 that left 12 students and one teacher dead.
Police said the shooters were deep inside the school when they began shooting. They said they used handguns and that all of the victims shot were at least 15 years old. They did not identify the person who died but said it was an 18-year-old male. Two of the victims are listed in serious condition and two are in stable condition. Four of those shot were treated and released.