School Shooting in Roswell, At Least Two Injured

Police in Roswell, New Mexico said Tuesday morning that a suspect was taken into custody after a shooting at Berrendo Middle School.
ROSWELL, N.M. -- Police in Roswell, New Mexico said Tuesday morning that a suspect was taken into custody after a shooting at Berrendo Middle School.

Two students were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock around mid-day Tuesday. One is a 13 year old girl, identified late Tuesday night at Kendal Sanders. According to a spokesman for UMC, she was upgraded to satisfactory condition.

The other student, a male, is currently in critical condition. According to UMC, family members have said the boy is 11 years old, and his name has not been released.  Tuesday night, he was undergoing his second surgery of the day. Police said he was injured in the face and neck.

The events in Roswell left a community in shock.

"I'm like surprised right now. Like why would somebody even do that to somebody," Gabby Vasquez, a friend of the male student injured, said.

"We were sitting at the top of the stairs and then he was right there. I saw him trying to get on the bleachers, and then I saw, like blood splatter and then I saw that he like fell onto the floor," 12 year old Joshua Ramirez, a witness, said.

First the students were taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for treatment before being airlifted to University Medical Center, to the Trauma Center in Lubbock. Eric Finley, UMC spokesman, said that's because of the hospitals status as a level one trauma center.

"It's the closest level one trauma center to Roswell, so the critical victims from that scene were sent to to this hospital," Finley said.
 
The boy was taken into a second surgery late Tuesday afternoon.

"This is unique case in the fact that the children are so young and it's a heart-wrenching case, but our staff is very well prepared for this, very well trained for this," Finley said.

The hospital has not only been preparing to treat the two students, but also opening the hospital up for family who came to be together during this tough time.

"There's been a lot of family here for the boy and the girl, all afternoon they've been coming here, and so we are very welcomed that they are here, we certainly want they to show their support for their loved ones," Finley said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The CBS affiliate for Albuquerque, KRQE, reported that two victims were taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center initially then airlifted to the UMC Trauma Center in Lubbock.

A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition and a 13-year-old girl in serious condition.

We spoke with Roswell Police, they say the Berrendo Middle School and other area schools were on lock down as a precaution, but the scene is now secure.

They have the suspect in custody. We have confirmed the suspect is a student. New Mexico State Police are handling the investigation with assistance from the FBI.


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