12 Year Old School Shooting Suspect Faces Charges Wednesday

7th grader Mason Campbell is identified as the suspect. His family releases a statement Wednesday.

By Anne Parker

Police say the 12-year-old shooting suspect, Mason Campbell, is responsible for firing gunshots at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, NM Tuesday morning. 

Campbell has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, all third-degree felony charges. 

The two victims who were shot, were airlifted to UMC in Lubbock and are now security patients. Hospital officials are not releasing any further information. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, 13-year-old girl, Kendall Sanders, remains in satisfactory condition with injuries to her arm. 

But an 11-year-old boy is still in critical condition after being shot in the face and neck. He had two surgeries Tuesday. 

New Mexico State Police Chief, Pete Kassetas, says they believe the shooting was planned but the victims were chosen at random. 

Campbell is being held at a psychiatric hospital, his family released a statement Wednesday.

The statement reads:

"On behalf of our entire family, we want to first say that our constant thoughts and our fervent prayers have been and are for the young man who was hurt and for the young woman who was hurt, Kendal Sanders, and we are praying for them to recover and for the medical personnel who are attending to them. We understand that the young man's family does not want his name released and so we will not identify him by name but we are praying fervently for him. We are also praying for their families. We are horribly sad over this tragedy on so many levels. We are praying that God will be with everyone who has been affected. For all of the anguish that many suffered yesterday, our family offers our heartfelt condolences and remorse in words that we cannot fully express.""We love our young son and grandson dearly as does everyone in his extended family. His whole family is heart broken as are many others in our tight-knit community in Roswell. This is a community that takes care of each other and loves each other and that is praying together. We are thankful that Judge Romero has ordered that our son receive an evaluation and mental health treatment and sincerely want him to receive all of the help that he needs." "As a family we will cooperate in all ways with law enforcement to piece together how this awful tragedy occurred. We have confidence in our capable southern New Mexico law enforcement, the District Attorney, and our Judges. We pray also for each of them as they undertake their hard work and investigative efforts. We ask that everyone continue praying for the kids who were hurt and for all that have been awfully affected by this tragedy."

Signed by Jim and Jennifer Campbell, Mason's parents, along with Robert and Nancy Bowles, Mason's grandparents. 

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