A student was killed and seven others were injured after two shooters opened fire on a school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, police said.
Police have not yet named the two suspects in custody, one adult and one juvenile, who were apprehended by a SWAT team at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said the student who was killed was an 18-year-old boy.
Rocco DeChalk, who lives near the school, told NBC News that he left his house and saw a boy who had been shot in the back, sitting by a mailbox at a nearby home.
He said: ‘I saw all of them running, so I thought it was a gym class at first. But then I saw there were so many of them.’
DeChalk said the boy was with a teacher and a friend. He called 911 and brought the group into his kitchen.
‘(The boy) made a comment, “Oh I’m starting to feel it (the pain) now.” I told him that was probably the adrenaline kicking in and he was going into shock,’ DeChalk said.
The boy’s condition has not been reported, but area hospitals said two victims were in serious condition, two were listed as stable, one was said to be in good condition, and three were released, according to The New York Times.
Authorities said they were ‘engaging a third suspect’ and the scene is still considered ‘unstable’ for hours after the gunfire began, but a third arrest has not been announced.
The school teaches approximately 1,850 students, aged five to 18, at their elementary, middle, and high school combined.
Parents were urged to pick their children up at the nearby recreational center.
Kelly Paulson, whose son and daughter both attend the school, said her daughter, who is in third-grade, was still inside during an interview with KMGH.
Paulson said her son Christian was in study hall when he saw a ‘bunch of kids running out and saying, “school shooter, school shooter.”
Her son said: ‘I tried to run with my life but I’m out of breath.’