Shooters kill one, wound others in latest U.S. school shooting

Multiple victims in shooting at STEM School near Denver

The 18-year-old high school student who was killed was identified as Kendrick Ray Castillo, who had been set to graduate in three days at the end of the school year, officials said.

A Telemundo correspondent reported that the family said Castillo "died a hero, confronting the gunmen".

Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone on Tuesday discussed the traumatic shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver that left one student dead and several injured earlier that day.

A member of the school's robotics club and a relentless tinkerer, Castillo had an infectious smile and gentle sense of humor, according to friends. Seven other students were injured.

"We're going to hear about very heroic things that have taken place at the school", Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

STEM School Highlands Ranch senior Brendan Bialy along with other classmates tried to disarm the shooter, according to NBC News. Other Douglas County schools are open Wednesday but have extra security on-site.

Highlands Ranch is a suburb of Denver, and the school is roughly 14 miles from the city center. He told reporters his wife called him as he was preparing for Game 5, informing him that their daughters were safe but that fear and uncertainty remained as they waited for the process to end. Two suspects, believed to be students there, used a pair of handguns and opened fire in two classrooms Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Police officers stand watch at the scene of the shooting in which one student was killed and eight wounded.

The attack sparked a lockdown at the large STEM School, which has 1,800 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Sources told the Denver Channel the suspect is transgender and is undergoing a female-to-male transition.

The attacks are "aberrant acts" although they might seem otherwise to the rest of the world, he said.

A young woman is dropped off outside the STEM Highlands Ranch school as she walks the parking lot to her vehicle.

Spurlock said the school notified first responders "almost immediately" and deputies arrived to the scene about two minutes later.

Five patients were being treated at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, hospital spokeswoman Wendy Forbes told CNN in an email. Spurlock said the second suspect is a juvenile and that both attended the school.

Elliott said he hopes this is the last school shooting his staff responds to, but they will continue to train and prepare.

The worst shootings to date were those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 (20 young children and six adults were killed) and at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a year ago (17 dead).

It was the fourth school shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, the Denver Post reported.

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