It’s been less than 24 hours since a shooting at a Colorado Springs middle school claimed the life of one person and saw at least eight more injured. Here is what is known, so far, about the shooting.
News outlets initially reported that two people had been killed in the shooting. However, that information was inaccurate. As of this writing, only one person is known to have died in the shooting.
That person is 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo. According to NBC News, he died while lunging at one of the shooters. He was three days away from graduating.
As of this writing, the names of the injured students aren’t being released directly by the media. Instead, those names are being revealed via stories coming from families and friends. For example, Fernando Montoya tells Denver’s KMGH-TV that his son was injured in the shooting, but is going to be OK.
“Thank God he is fine. Even though he got shot, he’s OK. He’s going to walk out on his feet, so I’m glad. We’re so lucky.”
As of this writing, officials have taken two suspects into custody. However, they have only named one, as he is an adult and the other is a juvenile.
The adult suspect of the shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch who is in custody has been named https://t.co/RtuiDqXwhf
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 8, 2019
The adult suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Devon Erickson. The second suspect, a juvenile, was initially believed to be male, but is now suspected to be female, as Yahoo! News reports.
Douglas County sheriff Tony Spurlock confirmed that there was initial confusion about the second suspect’s gender.
“Right now we are identifying the individual as a female, because that’s where we’re at. We originally thought the juvenile was a male by appearance.”
As of this writing, authorities are not revealing anything in the way of a potential motive behind the tragedy.
According to reports from The Inquisitr, Erickson’s social media presence reveals next to nothing which suggests that he was planning any violence — save for one photo of him atop a school building. That photo was not captioned, but had been made his profile picture at one point. His hobbies apparently include paintball and video games, and he appears to have been a fan of the television show The Walking Dead. His favorite football team appears to be the Denver Broncos.
Devon Erickson lives with his parents in Highland Ranch, Colorado, and is a student at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. He and another suspect were arrested after 1 student was killed and 7 others were wounded, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says: https://t.co/mKDqniXbbs pic.twitter.com/yWQ7ffuHiV
— Heavy.com (@HeavySan) May 8, 2019
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said at a news conference that he is “sickened” by the shooting.
“A student’s life was taken too soon by this act of violence. I share the heartbreak, the frustration, the sickness.”
This is a developing story. More information about the Colorado STEM school shooting will be published as it becomes available.