Two adults shot at Denver high school after gun found during student search | Denver

Two school administrators were shot on Wednesday morning at a Denver high school after a handgun was found on a student subjected to daily searches, authorities said.

The male juvenile suspect remained at large and the gun was not immediately recovered following the shooting at East high school, the Denver police chief, Ron Thomas, said.

The shooting happened just before 10am in an area away from classrooms as the student was undergoing a daily search as part of a “safety plan”, officials said.

One of the administrators was critically injured and was undergoing surgery at an area hospital. The second victim was in stable condition, Thomas said. Both victims were male.

Thomas said police were confident they would apprehend the suspect.

“He obviously is armed and dangerous and willing to use the weapon, as we’ve learned this morning,” said the Denver mayor, Michael Hancock, warning the community about the search for the suspect.

Earlier this month, students from the school skipped class and marched to the Colorado state capitol to demand stricter gun laws, following the death of a student who was shot while sitting in a car near the school.

East high school did not have any school resource officers on campus at the time of the shooting, Thomas said. Following the shooting, the Denver public schools superintendent, Alex Marrero, said two armed officers would be posted at East high school through the end of the school year.

The suspect in the Wednesday shooting had transferred to East high school from another district, Marrero said. Officials did not reveal why the student was being searched daily.

Marrero said safety plans for students were enacted in response to “past educational and also behavioral experiences”, adding that it is a common practice throughout Colorado public schools.

The school, not far from downtown near a busy street that cuts through the city, was placed on lockdown as police investigated the shooting. Hundreds of parents lined up along a road near the school, with the scene sealed off by police.

Wednesday was also the second anniversary of 10 people being shot and killed at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

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