Roswell, NM, United States (4E) – The student behind Tuesday morning’s shooting at a New Mexico middle school is a 12-year-old boy in seventh grade and he seriously wounded a 13-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy, according to Gov. Susana Martinez.
The shooter walked into the Berrendo Middle School gym, where students were gathered before the start of class, and opened fire with a shotgun, Martinez said in a press conference at 1 p.m.
A school staff walked right up to the shooter and told him to lay down the weapon, which the boy did. An off-duty state police lieutenant, who was dropping his kid to the school, assisted the staff in detaining the shooter. Police arrived at the Roswell school around 8:11 a.m. with the situation under control.
State police did not name the shooter but KOAT.com reported that he is a relative of Albuquerque criminal defense attorney Jason Bowles. Police are talking to his parents.
Martinez asked all New Mexicans to pray for the two seriously wounded students, who were flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. The boy underwent surgery and is in critical condition while the girl is listed in serious condition.
The school staff who told the shooter to drop his weapon was also injured but not seriously and did not seek treatment.
The shooting prompted school officials to lock down the school and evacuate students by bus to a nearby mall, where parents picked them up.
Tom Burris, Roswell Independent School District superintendent, cancelled school for Wednesday.