Denver shooting: 1 killed and multiple injured as fearless students 'tackle' gunmen

Denver shooting: 1 killed and multiple injured as fearless students 'tackle' gunmen

Douglas County Coroner Jill Roman has identified the deceased victim as 18-year-old Kendrick Ray Castillo. 18-year-old Castillo was killed as he charged at the accused gunman and threw him up against the wall.

Officials guide students off a bus and into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school in Highlands Ranch Colo. on May 7, 2019. There was no hesitation.

Castillo's father John Castillo confirmed to the Denver Post on Wednesday that his son was the student who was killed.

Authorities said the two suspects are students. "The gunman... was against the wall and didn't know what the hell hit him".

Castillo was a member of the school's robotics club called FRC 4418 Impulse. He described Castillo as a "fantastic, wholesome person" who loved cars and electronics. He said his fight-or-fight response kicked in after seeing his friend stand up to the threat. Kendrick and his mother in a family photo.

Fernando Montoya told the outlet that his son was shot three times, but he was released from the hospital. A shooting there saw one student killed and eight others injured.

The situation at the Colorado high school was described as "unstable" and "active" by cops in their latest tweet. "Somebody's watching down on me". "Even though he got shot, he's OK". The adult suspect is reportedly a senior at the school.

Eight other students were injured in the attack at the public charter school, which has a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Deputies did not exchange gunfire with the shooters, Spurlock said.

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A court hearing had not yet been set for the second suspect, a juvenile, as of early Wednesday morning.

Suspect Devon Erickson, 18, often shook his head when replying to the judge, according to The Associated Press.

School shootings have since become a frequent occurrence in the U.S., where firearms killed almost 40,000 people in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's just frustrating and it gets you angry because it hits home.

Because the attack happened only miles from Columbine and just weeks after the shooting's 20th anniversary, questions quickly arose about whether it was inspired by the 1999 massacre.

"He told me he wanted to be a Knights of Columbus because he wanted to help not only people, but his community", Bedard said.

She said: "I'm a parent myself".

Another student hailed as a hero is Brendan Bialy, 17, who has been preparing to join the marines. Several other classmates also worked to take the shooter down, she said.

He said he bumped into Mr Erickson, who was wearing all black, at a railway station on Sunday and he was much thinner and did not seem interested in talking.

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