School shooting: 12-year-old boy opens fire on students in New Mexico

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Originally published on January 15, 2014

One student is in critical condition and another was seriously injured after a 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico on Tuesday (January 14), according to the governor and police.

According to reports, the shooting took place at around 8:00 a.m. inside the school gym as students were seated and waiting for the start of class, Governor Susana Martinez said.

One student said the unidentified 12-year-old boy bumped into her as he was made his way to the gym, apologizing to her when she scolded him for not being careful. Once inside the gym, the boy pulled out a shotgun he reportedly had concealed a inside a band instrument case and opened fire on one 11-year-old boy and one 13-year-old girl. Both were rushed to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, with the boy in critical condition while the girl suffered serious injuries.

Officials said the 11-year-old boy was likely the suspect's intended target.

According to the student the suspect bumped into, the boy fired at the male victim's face twice, and fired once into the air before a teacher approached him and told him to put the weapon down.

One classmate said the suspect was being bullied at school. However, police have not determined a motive.

Reuters reports, "The shooting was the second to take place at a U.S. middle school in three months, after a 12-year-old boy opened fire at his middle school in Sparks, Nevada, in October, killing a teacher and wounding two students before killing himself.

"It comes amid a contentious national debate on gun control that intensified after a gunman shot dead 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Following that attack, President Barack Obama called for sweeping new gun control measures."

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