Denver school shooting: Student who pats every day allegedly shoots staff at Denver High School

Authorities said they believe the suspect is no longer at the scene.

byEmily Shapiro

Wed, March 22, 2023 5:57 PM

A shooting at a Denver school leaves two faculty members injured

Authorities said a student who was under a “certain agreement to be patted every day” at the school shot and injured two principals at East High School in Denver.

The suspect, a juvenile armed with a handgun, fled the school after the shooting Wednesday morning, but Denver police said they know who he is and the search for him is continuing. Police said the gun was never found.

Police said one faculty member is undergoing surgery and is in critical condition, and a second is in stable condition and can speak to authorities.

Officials said the suspected shooter was required to be searched at the start of each school day. He allegedly shot the school administrators as they beat him Wednesday morning in the school’s office area, which officials said was well away from other students and staff.

Officials said the suspect’s daily searches were part of a “safety plan” that was the result of “past behaviour,” though they did not provide further details on past behaviour.

The school was closed in the wake of the shooting. Denver Public Schools later said it had received clearance to begin releasing students.

Last month, East High School students went to a town hall meeting to call for action on school safety and gun violence after a 16-year-old student was shot and critically injured near the school, According to ABC affiliate KMGH Denver.

The superintendent said Wednesday that the school will now have two armed officers present through the end of the school year.

This shooting comes two years after the mass shooting of A.J King Soopers grocery store in BoulderColorado, which claimed 10 lives.

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