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article imageShooting at middle school in Roswell N.M. leaves two wounded

By Karen Graham     Jan 14, 2014 in Crime
Roswell - America is in the midst of a gun control debate for which there are no easy answers. Despite President Obama's efforts to get legislation passed in Congress, we are really no closer to an answer to a problem that seems to be escalating out of control.
Today, a 12-year old Roswell, New Mexico middle school student opened fire with a shotgun he had brought to school, seriously wounding two students before he was talked into putting down the weapon by a faculty member.
The incident took place at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, a community of 48,000 people in southeastern New Mexico. Roswell is best known for being the place where a supposedly unidentified flying object (UFO) crashed in 1947.
The shootings took place in the gym, where students had gathered before the start of the school day because it was so bitter cold outside. New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas, said the student allegedly arrived at school with the shotgun concealed in a band instrument case.
The injured were a 13-year old girl and a 12-year old boy. They were taken to a local hospital and stabilized before being transferred by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, around 175 miles away.
The 12-year old boy, who was shot in the face, is listed in critical condition after surgery at UMC. The 13-year old girl was also treated at UMC, and is listed in serious condition. According to ABC News, a teacher was injured slightly, but refused treatment.
An eighth grade student, Odiee Carranza, told the Associated Press a boy bumped into her rushing to the gym,and stopped to apologize. She said she saw the boy pull the gun out of a band instrument case when he got to the gym, and then he began shooting.
She then said he shot another boy twice in the face and shot a girl in the arm, before shooting the gun again, up in the air, and then dropping it. Carranza said a teacher then grabbed the boy.
The alleged shooter is a 12-year old seventh grader. He is in custody, and the school was locked down and the students taken by bus to a local mall where parents were instructed to pick their children up.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez commended the faculty and staff at the middle school for their prompt reactions and overall handling of the situation. She also commended the off-duty police lieutenant who had been dropping off his child, and helped in "securing" the shooter.
This incident in Roswell is only the latest in a number of school shootings to hit the country. One month ago, Karl Pierson, 18, armed with a shotgun, Molotov cocktails and a machete, entered Arapahoe High School in Colorado. He opened fire, critically wounding senior Claire Davis, 17, before shooting himself. Miss Davis died on Dec. 21 from her injuries.
Students are reunited with families at a staging ground set up at the Roswell Mall following an earl...
Students are reunited with families at a staging ground set up at the Roswell Mall following an early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, January 14, 2014
With permission by Reuters / Mark Wilson
Students are reunited with families at a staging ground set up at the Roswell Mall following an earl...
Students are reunited with families at a staging ground set up at the Roswell Mall following an early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, January 14, 2014
With permission by Reuters / Mark Wilson
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