Sparks Middle School shooting: 2 dead, including teacher who tried to disarm shooter, 2 others injured

I guess it takes a particular kind of coward or evil person togo armed into  a gathering of utterly defenceless people and open fire. They know they are most likely not going to be challenged in any way that interrupts what they are doing and aim to wreak the most damage and heartache they can. I am glad to know this person was not able to make much of an impact before he himself got taken down

My heart goes out to the family of the slain teacher, Michael Landsberry, a man of honour.  He gave his life to protect those in his care. No greater love does a man have than this. God bless his soul and give him a place among the angels for even trying to stand up to the gunman.

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The gunman was killed  along with another person identified by two students as math teacher Michael  Landsberry. Two others were hospitalized in critical condition and are described  as two male minors.

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	Teacher Michael Landsberry of Sparks Middle School locatedoutside Reno, Nevada.  

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Sparks Middle School students said math teacher Michael Landsberry was shot  and killed by the gunman, but it had not yet been confirmed by  police.

Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition after gunfire  erupted at a northern Nevada middle school Monday morning, according to police.  Students said a beloved math teacher was killed when he told the shooter to put  down his weapon.

Police have not identified the two fatalities, except to say one was the  gunman, after shots rang out at Sparks Middle School, RGJ.com reports.

But a local TV station and several student Twitter posts say the math  beloved math teacher Michael Landsberry may be one of the  fatalitites.

The two hospitalized victims are described as two male minors. They were  received at Renown Regional Hospital at 7:45 a.m. PDT, hospital spokeswoman  Angela Rambo told the Daily News. An earlier report by RGJ identified one victim  as being 12 years old.

Authorities and bystanders stand outside Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada, where police have confirmed that two people are dead and two others are hospitalized after a shooting took place.

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Authorities and bystanders stand  outside Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada, where police have confirmed  that two people are dead and two others are hospitalized after a shooting took  place.

A student speaking to RGJ, 13-year-old Kyle Nucum, described one of the  victims as a male teacher who, after spotting a student with a gun, rushed at  him to get him to put it down.

Swat team members secure the scene near Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev.

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Swat team members secure the scene  near Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev.

“We heard a pop, like a loud pop, and everyone was screaming, and then the  teacher came to investigate,” Nucum said. “I thought it was a firecracker at  first, but the student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told  him to put it down, and then the teacher fell and everybody ran away.”

Sparks police say the first 911 call came in from the school at 7:16 PDT. Authorities arriving later 'neutralized' the shooter.

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Sparks police say the first 911 call  came in from the school at 7:16 PDT. Authorities arriving later ‘neutralized’  the shooter.

As he and the others were running he said they heard “about four or five  more shots.”

Because Nucum was outside near the school’s basketball courts when it  happened he said a neighboring lady allowed them to hide in her home.

Nucum approximated the teacher having been shot in chest.

The middle school, seen from above, was placed on lockdown before the students were evacuated to nearby schools.

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The middle school, seen from above,  was placed on lockdown before the students were evacuated to nearby schools.

His account has yet to be confirmed by authorities who refrained from  indentifying the victims, though police said later in the day that one of the  dead was a teacher.

Sparks Middle School is located just east of Reno, Nev.

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Sparks Middle School is located just  east of Reno, Nev.

The school, located just east of Reno, was placed in lockdown after the the  first 911 call came in around 7:16 a.m. PDT, a Sparks police dispatcher  said.

Authorities said the gunfire erupted just before classes were starting. The  shooter was later described as having been ‘neutralized’ by police.

“The Sparks Police Department has declared Sparks Middle School safe. There  is an ongoing investigation,” Washoe County School District reported on its Facebook page at 9:30 a.m.

The school was shut down and students were evacuated to nearby Agnes Risley  Elementary School before being bused to Sparks High School, the district  announced approximately an hour earlier.

A woman fielding calls at Agnes Risley Elementary previously confirmed that  all the kids were taken to their school, but they weren’t yet allowing parents  to come pick up their children.

With News Wire Services

ngolgowski@nydailynews.com

 

2 thoughts on “Sparks Middle School shooting: 2 dead, including teacher who tried to disarm shooter, 2 others injured

  1. Wow! Julius Stankevicius was a hero by helping his teacher, Michael T. Landsberry! Stankevicius is of Lithuanian origin, his nation’s coat of arms fits him right. The coat of arms are a knight with a horse with a shield.

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