Roswell, N. M. – Berrendo Middle School (January 14, 2014): A 12-year-old student open fires with a shotgun wounding two students, shooting one in the face.
The city of Roswell has become the crime scene of the nation’s latest school shooting. Two students were critically shot and injured by a 12-year-old student who pulled a shotgun from his band-instrument case. The 12-year-old, 7th grade student entered his schools’ gym around 8 am (where students typically hang out before classes start during cold and inclement weather) pulling a shotgun and shot one student in the face according to witnesses.
According to a student which said, “I heard three gunshots, shooting the third shot into the air then he throw the shotgun on the floor.” “The third shot was up in the sky, then dropped the gun, and then some teacher grabbed the kid that had the gun,” according to another student.
According to the State Police the 12-year-old student shooter is in custody and was the only suspect. The two victims, an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, were flown to a medical center in Lubbock, TX in critical condition. The girl has been upgraded to satisfactory condition but the boy is still in critical condition. It is being reported by the nurse treating the boy, that the boy has indicated he was the shooter’s target. No motive is being publicly reported by those investigating the incident. A student interview stated that the shooter is a “smart kid and a nice kid”. No Early Warning Signs are yet being reported on the shooter and some are saying – “Why didn’t we see it coming??”
New Mexico’s Last School Shooting – Deming Middle School Shooting
While much of the nation has been rocked by school shootings in recent years, the last one in New Mexico was in 1999 in Deming. On Nov. 19, 1999, 12-year-old Victor Cordova Jr. opened fire inside the lobby of Deming Middle School. He hit 13-year-old Araceli Tena in the back of the head. She died the next day. Before the shooting, Cordova told fellow students he would make history blasting the schools. see “Kids are the Keys“
Investigators later found out that Cordova had been depressed following the recent death of his mother. Cordova later pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to two years in juvenile detention. Cordova was later returned to his native, Mexico.
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