Two Students Hospitalized After Shooting At New Mexico Middle School

By Tristan Ahtone
January 14, 2014

Two students were hospitalized after a gunman opened fire at a New Mexico middle school Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred at a middle school in Roswell, in eastern New Mexico. Students had gathered in the gym to get out of the weather when a 12-year-old suspect brought what's presumed to be a shotgun to school.

"This individual opened fire on the audience that was in the gym," said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. "At this time we can confirm that two students were injured, a boy and a girl, as well as a school staff member."

According to hospital officials, the boy is listed in critical condition while the girl is reported to be in serious condition.

Authorities say no motive has been established in the incident, and the suspect stopped shooting when a staff member intervened and asked him to put down the firearm.