Shooting at Nevada Middle School Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Wounded

Sparks Middle School
A staff member was killed and two students were wounded on Monday when a student opened fire at Sparks Middle School in Nevada before taking his own life. (Sparks Middle School, Facebook)

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A staff member was killed and two students were wounded on Monday when a student opened fire at a middle school in the northern Nevada city of Sparks before taking his own life, a county official said.

A police dispatcher said there was no remaining threat at the Sparks Middle School after the early morning shooting, the latest among several in recent years in different parts of the United States. The dispatcher could not provide any information about the student who opened fire.

The two wounded boys were in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center in nearby Reno, hospital spokeswoman Angela Rambo said.

Washoe County emergency manager Aaron Kenneston said the emergency call reporting the shooting came in at about 7.30 a.m.

Terry Bartek, a spokeswoman for the Washoe County School District, which includes Sparks, did not know if classes were already in session when the shooting occurred. Classes at the middle school and a neighboring elementary school were canceled.

"Students from the actual school where the incident happened are being moved to another site to be picked up by parents," Bartek said.

Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis, Tim Gaynor and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Leslie Adler and Grant McCool

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