ROSWELL (TIP): A 12-year-old boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials said. A boy and a girl were injured following the shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell on January 14 morning. Governor Susana Martinez said the students were in the gym, where they typically hang out before classes start, when the 12-year-old boy opened fire with the shotgun at about 8am.
However, he was “quickly stopped by one staff member who walked right up to him and asked him to set down the firearm, which he did,” Martinez said at a news conference. Superintendent Tom Burris said the school’s faculty had participated in “active shooter” training, and they responded appropriately. Officials at University Medical Centre in Texas, said that the 11-year-old boy was the shooter’s target. The shooter has now been shifted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.