According to Fox News, the shooting, which occurred at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., east of Reno, left one staff member dead. The gunman, identified by one 13-year-old as a fellow student, died as well, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Angela Rambo, a spokeswoman for the Renown Regional Medical Center, said both people injured in the shooting were males.
Sparks police say that reports of the shooting began to come in at 7:16 a.m. The shooting took place on the school’s campus, but outside the school building itself. The area has since been locked down.
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Reno deputy chief Tom Robinson is quoted as telling the Reno Gazette-Journal that the schools and city are safe. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting,” adding:
My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who represents Nevada, also released a statement reading in part:
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.
The school has an enrollment of about 700 students.