12-Year-Old Gunman Warned Some Students Away

ROSWELL, New Mexico (January 15, 2014) The 12-year-old boy who opened fire Tuesday in a middle school gym in Roswell, N.M., warned some students away just before the attack, police said Wednesday.

State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said the attack was planned in advance, but said it appears the boy's victims, an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, were chosen randomly.

During a press briefing Wednesday, Kassetas declined to speculate on a motive or say when charges would be filed, but said the boy got a shotgun with a sawed-off stock from his family's home and had three rounds of ammunition.

Officials say the 11-year-old boy who was shot in the face and neck remains in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

The 13-year-old girl is in satisfactory condition with injuries to the right shoulder.

Police say the shooting was over in 10 seconds, thanks to eighth-grade social studies teacher John Masterson, who immediately stepped in and talked the boy into dropping his weapon, and then held him until authorities arrived.

An attorney for the boy’s family says he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital after a hearing yesterday.

A student who witnessed the shooting says the gunman was a boy who she thought was being bullied.

Eighth grader Odiee Carranza said the shooting happened in the school gym.

She said the boy shot the 11-year-old twice in the face, and shot the girl in the arm.

Carranza says the boy then fired a shot into the sky before he was convinced to drop the weapon.


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