SPARKS, Nev. — A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police said Monday.
Family members have identified a math teacher as the staff member who was killed while trying to stop a shooter at a northern Nevada middle school.
Chanda Landsberry says her 45-year-old brother-in-law, Michael Landsberry, died in the Monday morning shooting at Sparks Middle School.
Twenty to thirty students were witnesses to the tragedy that also left the lone suspected gunman dead, police said. It’s unclear whether the student committed suicide, but authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement. Police said between 150 and 200 officers, including some from as far as 60 miles away, responded to the shooting.
“In my estimation, he is a hero ... We do know he was trying to intervene,” Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said about the fallen staff member.
Chanda Landsberry says she’s not surprised at all that her brother-in-law stepped in to stop the rampage.
Michael Landsberry is a military veteran who leaves behind a wife and two stepdaughters.
The motive for the shooting isn’t yet known. Names of the suspect and victims haven’t yet been released.
“As you can imagine, the best description is chaos,” Robinson said. “It’s too early to say whether he was targeting people or going on an indiscriminate shooting spree.”
Students from the middle school and neighboring elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled. The middle school will remain closed for the week.
At the evacuation center, parents comforted their children.
“We came flying down here to get our kids,” said Mike Fiorica, whose nephew attends the school. “... It’s really chaotic. You can imagine how parents are feeling. You don’t know if your kid’s OK.”