“The 12-year-old boy who killed a teacher and wounded two students began by shooting a fellow student in the shoulder, police said Tuesday.
The boy, whose name has not been released, then shot and killed teacher Mike Landsberry before shooting a second student in the abdomen, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said at a news conference. He then shot himself to death, according to police.
The boy used a Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, said Sparks Deputy Police Chief Tom Miller.
Despite previous reports indicating the two wounded students had been shot inside the school building, all of the shots were fired outside, police said.
Landsberry walked toward the shooter on a playground basketball court after the first student was hit, saving lives, according to authorities.
“Mr. Landsberry’s heroic actions, by stepping toward the shooter, allowed time for other students in the playground area to flee,” Mieras said.
The teacher who died, Mike Landsberry, appeared to be trying to stop the incident when he was shot dead, Miller said Tuesday.
“It almost appears like he tried to talk him down,” he said.
True to his character, the former Marine, a popular math teacher at Sparks Middle School, rushed to help others when chaos erupted.”