Sparks, NV: 2 people are dead and 2 people injured in middle school shooting.
A 13 year old middle school student armed with a semi-automatic handgun opened fire on the campus of Sparks Middle School in Spark, Nevada on Monday wounding 2 boys and killing a teacher trying to protect other children.
Authorities are saying that Sparks Police Department Dispatcher received the call at around 7:16am PT Monday morning.
Authorities are saying that SWAT Team Members arrived at Sparks Middle School.
The lone gunman then shot himself dead and no shots were fired by law enforcement during the incident in front of students.
Authorities are saying that a teacher approached the armed student and told him to hand over the gun, but the gunman shot him in the chest area.
Authorities are saying that at least 2 people area dead and 2 people were injured which both were students and were reportedly are boys both of the age of 12 year old.
Out of the 2 students injured, a student was shot in the stomach and another was shot in the shoulder.
Authorities are saying that out of the 2 students injured, a student was reportedly hospitalized in serious condition while the other student was in fair condition.
Authorities say between 150 and 200 officers from far and wide around Sparks, Nevada responded to the middle school shooting.
Authorities are saying that the slain faculty member was identified as 45 year old Michael Landsberry who was a popular math teacher who was also active in the Nevada Air National Guard and had served 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan. The popular math teacher also coached the school’s soccer team.
Michael Landsberry is survived by his wife and two stepdaughters.
The gun the gunman that was used in the middle school shooting belonged to child’s parents,
At the evacuation center, parents walked with their arms around their children, some of whom were in tears.
This middle school shooting comes almost a year after when a gunman horrified the nation by opening fired inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14th, 2013 killing 26 people who were mostly being children.
In a statement on the website of Sandy Hook Promise, a gun control advocacy group, Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, said, “It’s moments like this that demand that we unite as parents to find common sense solutions that keep our children all children safe, and prevent these tragedies from happening again and again.”
Authorities have released three phone numbers for parents can call for counseling and other information:
1 (775) 789-3804
1 (775) 789-3802
1 (775) 333-3786
School counselors are assisting students and staff at different locations.
Counseling will be available for the rest of this week.
For counseling resources, students and families may report to:
Monday, October 21th, 2013: Alice Maxwell Elementary School located at 2300 North Rock Boulevard in Sparks, Nevada from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PT.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013: Virginia Palmer Elementary School 5890 Klondike in Sun Valley, Nevada from 7:30am to 7:30pm PT.
Sparks High School located at 820 15th Street in Sparks, Nevada from 7:30am to 7:30pm PT.
For school staff only: Larry Johnson Community Center located at 1200 12th Street in Sparks, Nevada from 7:30am to 7:30pm PT.
According to Washoe County School District spokesman Charles Rahn, classes at the Sparks Middle School will be canceled for the rest of the week.
Authorities are saying that this is an ongoing homicide investigation. A Facebook page has been set up to remember Michael Landsberry at:
Parents can go to the Washoe County School District’s website for more on this situation at:
According to the Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras, “School staff members followed emergency procedures, and in the process we believed they saved lives. We are grateful for the quick response from our local law enforcement agencies, and we want to thank those officers for their support.”
Washoe County School Trustees released this statement:
We are deeply saddened by the events that took place at Sparks Middle School this morning. Students, staff, and parents impacted by this tragedy: please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Washoe County School District staff is working hard to provide support services to all those affected. At this time, you can find helpful resources here:
City of Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said at an afternoon press conference that the situation had already resolved itself.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga today issued the following statement regarding the shooting at Sparks Middle School:
“We at the Nevada Department of Education mourn the tragic death of the Sparks Middle School teacher killed trying to stop a shooter at the school and protect students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and also with all the students who will miss the teacher’s presence when they return to school. Like all Nevadans, we are also praying for the speedy recovery of those students injured in this morning’s shooting. I met with Superintendent Pedro Martinez, his staff and members of the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees and know that they are doing everything they can to assist those affected by this incident. I want to praise them for their efforts to inform and support the entire Washoe County School District family during this time of crisis.”
United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement about the shooting at Sparks Middle School:
“My condolences go out to the victims’ families and my thoughts are with the teachers, administrators, parents and students at Sparks Middle School who have experienced a traumatic morning. No words of condolence could possibly ease the pain, but I hope it is some small comfort that Nevada mourns with them. I stand by to be of any assistance if there is anything that can be done and I will continue to monitor the situation.”
United States Republican Senator Dean Heller issued this statement following a shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning:
“Today’s events at Sparks Middle School are unsettling and concerning. Thank you to the first responders for quickly moving the staff and students to safety. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims, students, families, teachers, and staff during this difficult time.”
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Monday morning issued the following statement after learning of the shooting at Sparks Middle School:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning. My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene. Kathleen and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those affected by these tragic events.”
Nevada Senator for Senate District 13 Debbie Smith released this statement:
“My family and I are mourning over the shooting that took place at Sparks Middle School this morning. All three of my children attended school there and words cannot express the level of sadness I feel for our community, our parents, our kids and the brave staff at the school. I want to thank the first responders for their quick work in protecting students and staff. My thoughts and prayers will remain with everyone affected.”
The Vice Chair of the Washoe County Board of Commissioners expressed her deepest condolences on behalf of the community to the victims and the families of those wounded and killed at Sparks Middle School saying:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Washoe County School District family including students, staff and parents and all those suffering from this terrible tragedy,” said Washoe County Vice Chair Bonnie Weber. “We will continue to assist our community in every way we can to deal with this horrible event.”
Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out the families and friends of the victims in the tragic shooting at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada and to the community of Sparks, Nevada. May we all come together to help and give out love and support to the victim’s families and friends, and the community of Sparks, Nevada. May we all say thank you to those who came to save and protected lives and risked their own lives to save the lives of children.
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