Suspected gunman identified in Colorado school shooting attack

One of the two suspected shooters who allegedly opened fire at a Colorado school killing a teen and injuring eight others has been identified by authorities.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirmed late on Tuesday (local time) that Devon Erickson, 18, was taken into custody after the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Denver.

The other suspect is a juvenile whose name has not been released.

Police have identified Devon Erickson as one of the suspected gunmen in the Denver school shooting. Source: Facebook/ Devon Erickson

Sheriff Tony Spurlock says the gunmen were both students at the school and that he had no information about whether anyone was targeted.

At least a handgun was recovered, but Spurlock didn't release additional information about other weapons.

The public charter school has more than 1850 students in kindergarten through to 12th grade.

Officers and teachers evacuating students at the school. Source: Getty
Officers investigate the scene following the shooting. Source: Getty

An 18-year-old male student was confirmed dead, while eight others were being treated in hospital following the shooting.

Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has not officially identified the deceased student, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Two students are listed in serious condition, two are listed as stable with injuries that are not life-threatening, one is in good condition and three have been released.

Douglas County School District officials made the announcement in an email Tuesday night and said crisis counsellors would be available to all STEM School Highlands Ranch students, staff and families at a nearby church Wednesday.

The email called on the community to support one another in the coming days, weeks and months, adding, "We are a united family... Together, we will get through this difficult time."

With Associated Press

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