Two dead, two injured in Nevada middle school shooting

Gunman opened fire in a classroom before being "neutralized"

By Natasha Lennard

Published October 21, 2013 4:43PM (EDT)

 Sparks Middle School, Nevada  (School district)
Sparks Middle School, Nevada (School district)

UDATE: The shooter has been identified as a male student at the middle school. He reportedly shot dead a teacher and injured two other boys. It is unclear at this point whether the shooter took his own life or was killed.

Original post: Two 12-year-old boys are in the hospital in critical condition, and another unidentified victim is dead, after a gunman opened fire in a Nevada middle school Monday morning, before also killing himself.

A Sparks, Nev., police dispatcher said the call of the shooting at Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada came in at 7:16 a.m.

While investigations into the shooting are in the early stages, authorities have declared the school and its surroundings safe.

Natasha Lennard

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