STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

1 student dead, multiple injured in Highlands Ranch school shooting, officials say

Article Image

Cli...

Posted: May 7, 2019 10:41 PM

Click here for updates on this story

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (KMGH) -- An 18-year-old male student was killed, multiple others injured and two suspects were in custody in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The victims' names have not been released.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the suspects – a juvenile and an adult – were believed to be students at the school. Spurlock said there were no other suspects in the case, but authorities were still investigating at the scene.

According to a source with knowledge of the investigation, one of the suspects is an 18-year-old senior who was a student at the school. According to a criminal background check, his only prior run-ins with the law include citations for careless driving and driving an unsafe vehicle.

A source told Denver7 that investigators were using a bomb robot near one of the suspect's vehicles because tactical gear was found inside. Authorities had found the vehicle in the parking lot of the school and were working to obtain search warrants for the car and the suspects' homes.

At 6:30 p.m., law enforcement officers were at a home believed to be linked to the 18-year-old suspect, near West Highlands Ranch Parkway and West Wildcat Reserve Parkway in Highlands Ranch.

Spurlock said eight students were injured in the shooting and they were all 15 and older.

Two of the victims were in serious condition at Littleton Adventist Hospital, officials said, and three had been released from the hospital. One victim was in good condition at Children's Hospital. Two other victims were at Sky Ridge Medical Center and listed as "stable," but their conditions were unclear.

Spurlock said the suspects walked into the building, "got deep inside the school" and shot at students at two separate locations. The shooting was reported shortly before 2 p.m., and deputies arrived about two minutes later and engaged the suspects, taking them into custody, Spurlock said.

"I believe the quick response of officers helped save lives," Spurlock said. "A quick response eliminates a lot of this issue right off the bat."

The STEM school, which has about 1,800 students from kindergarten through high school, is located off South Ridgeline Road and Plaza Drive in Highlands Ranch.

The school did not have a School Resource Officer assigned to the building, but it did have private security, Spurlock said.

Department of Homeland Security, FBI and ATF agents also responded to the school to help with the investigation.

The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting, and parents were being directed to meet their children at Northridge Rec Center at 8800 S. Broadway.

Kelley Paulson, the mother of two students at STEM School Highlands Ranch, spoke to Denver7 about what she knows about the shooting and said she was still waiting to hear about one of her children.

"I got a text from a friend who was actually in there," Paulson said. "She said 'guns, shooting, oh my god, oh my god.' And she could hear them and that's how I first knew. The next thing I know, I heard my son, who is calling me because all of the kids who were in middle school...all immediately ran out of the building."

Paulson's son, Christian, said he was in study hall at the school when he saw "a bunch of kids running out and saying 'School shooter, school shooter!'"

"And I'm like, what? Is this real or fake? And then I just went after them," Christian Paulson said. "And apparently, this is all real. And I tried to run with my life, but I'm out of breath."

President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting, and the White House was in contact with Colorado officials.

“Our prayers are with the victims, family members, and all those affected by today’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Littleton, Colorado," White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said. "Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence."

Sen. Cory Gardner released a statement, saying he was "heartbroken by the horrific and senseless acts of violence today" at the STEM school.

"The safety and comfort of our schools should never be taken away," Gardner said.

Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.

Lafayette
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 50°
Kokomo
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 36°
Rensselaer
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 35°
Lafayette
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 50°
Danville
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 40°
Frankfort
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 37°
Frankfort
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 37°
Monticello
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 36°
Monticello
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 36°
Logansport
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 35°
Windy, But Warmer For Thursday
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 598313

Reported Deaths: 9529
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion826311317
Lake44778676
Allen32331543
Hamilton28818314
St. Joseph27014378
Elkhart24244343
Vanderburgh19012243
Tippecanoe17701128
Johnson14748289
Porter14574166
Hendricks14074244
Madison10768217
Vigo10584177
Clark10428136
Monroe9222109
Delaware8982134
LaPorte8925159
Howard8061141
Kosciusko796782
Warrick657997
Hancock653599
Bartholomew634097
Floyd6270108
Wayne6037159
Grant5893112
Dubois549477
Boone542267
Morgan526294
Henry500764
Marshall497784
Cass477062
Dearborn467645
Noble466157
Jackson419146
Shelby408180
Lawrence385777
Clinton368240
Gibson362659
DeKalb341364
Montgomery338953
Harrison335343
Knox331339
Miami315744
Steuben309844
Whitley299825
Adams297835
Wabash297747
Ripley294945
Putnam290347
Huntington287559
Jasper286234
White269839
Daviess264773
Jefferson255838
Decatur244382
Fayette243948
Greene237062
Posey235227
Wells232247
LaGrange226061
Clay219932
Scott219538
Randolph210445
Jennings195335
Sullivan190033
Spencer185819
Fountain180827
Washington180222
Starke173943
Jay164822
Owen161737
Fulton161430
Carroll154515
Orange153433
Rush152318
Perry149727
Vermillion146733
Franklin145533
Parke12988
Tipton129532
Pike114626
Blackford109522
Pulaski95637
Newton89921
Brown86533
Benton85410
Crawford7769
Martin71013
Warren6637
Switzerland6325
Union6166
Ohio4747
Unassigned0375

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events