A shooting at a suburban Denver middle school injured eight students Tuesday, and two suspects, also students, are in custody, authorities said.
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the wounded were taken to area hospitals.
The shooting began at about 1:53 p.m. in the middle school of the STEM Academy School.
There is not a school resource officer assigned to the school the school is located near a police station and it hires private security.
Deputies arrived two minutes after the shooting began and heard shots as they arrived, authorities said.
The school is near a sheriff’s department substation.
STEM School Highlands Ranch is a public charter school with more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades – with an elementary, middle and high school.
This shooting comes a couple of weeks after the 20th anniversary of when teenage gunmen attacked Columbine High School killed 12 classmates and a teacher.
Columbine High School is 7 miles away from STEM Academy.