Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2 Kids Shot at School Near Columbine

David Knowles Writer

(Feb. 23) -- Two middle school students were shot Tuesday afternoon at a Colorado school.

The gunman, an adult male, opened fire at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colo., just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, around the time school was being dismissed. He was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

One of the victims was shot in the chest, and the other in the arm, according to Fox affiliate KDVR-TV. Both of the students were taken to a hospital, but their injuries are said not to be life-threatening. So far, the relationship, if any, between the children and the shooter is unknown, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Witnesses said the shooter wore all black and was tackled by a teacher at the school.

"I heard a gunshot and everybody was running away," Levi Shaffer, a seventh-grader at Deer Creek, told reporters. "I was a little confused and then I saw the shooter. I saw him put out a second shot and that's when the bus driver told us all to get down, so we got down. I was really scared."

Deer Creek Middle School is three miles from Columbine High School, the site of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.
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