Student Killed, 7 Hurt in Middle School Shooting in Denver South Suburb Highlands Ranch; 2 Suspects in Custody

Authorities say an 18-year-old male student was killed in a shooting at a south suburban Denver middle school.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 1:53 p.m. Tuesday May 7, 2019 to a report of a shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch, 8773 South Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch.

Spurlock said eight students were injured in the shooting and they were all 15 and older. Among the eight injured, an 18-year-old male died.

Two of the victims were transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital where they were listed in serious condition. Three were released from the hospital. One victim was transported to Children’s Hospital, and was listed in good condition. Two other victims were transported to Sky Ridge Medical Center and listed as “stable,” but their conditions were unclear.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the suspects – a juvenile and an adult – were believed to be students at the school. He also said the suspects walked into the building, “got deep inside the school” and shot at students at two separate locations. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrived about two minutes after the call was received. Deputies immediately engaged the suspects, and took them into custody.

“I believe the quick response of officers helped save lives. A quick response eliminates a lot of this issue right off the bat.”

— Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and ATF also responded to the school to help with the investigation.

STEM School Highlands Ranch is a charter school located in Douglas County, Colorado in a Denver south suburb — Highlands Ranch. The school building is located in an office park that’s situated next to Central Park, a new retail center in the area. The school serves as a K-12 for just under 2,000 students from across the Denver Metro Area.








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