NEVADA –– A student opening fire with a handgun he took from his parents. Screaming students running for cover. A teacher, trying to help, shot dead. Two students wounded. The terror lasted just a few brutal minutes.
As authorities investigated, details were still trickling out hours after a deadly shooting yesterday at a Nevada middle school.
One official described the scene at Sparks Middle School with one word: chaos.
Students described to CNN how they ran into the school screaming and crying when they realized the pops they heard were gunshots just before the morning bell welcomed them back from fall break.
The gunman eventually shot and killed himself with the semi-automatic gun he had taken from his parents, said Sparks Deputy Chief Tom Miller yesterday evening at a news conference.
Authorities said the shooter’s motive was unclear. “It’s too early to say whether he was targeting specific people, or just
going on an indiscriminate shooting spree,” said Tom Robinson, deputy chief of the Reno Police Department.
Mike Landsberry, a popular maths teacher at the school, was killed in the shooting, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini told CNN.
In addition to his work as a teacher, Landsberry also had served in the Marines and served several tours in Afghanistan as a member of the Nevada Air National Guard, his brother Reggie told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
“He was the kind of person that if someone needed help he would be there,” Reggie Landsberry said. “He loved teaching. He loved the kids. He loved coaching them . . . . He was just a good all-around individual.”
Reggie Landsberry said his brother was probably trying to “talk the kid down and protect whoever he could. That sounds like Mike”.
One student told Pier Morgan Live that she knew the student who shot Landsberry and wounded two 12-year-old schoolmates. (CNN)