12-Year-Old Nevada School Shooter Used Gun From Home

His parents are cooperating with authorities and may face charges.

The 12-year-old student who opened fire at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, killing a teacher and injuring two students before shooting himself, got the gun from his house, the Associated Press reported.

A memorial at Sparks Middle School following Monday’s shooting in Sparks, Nevada. Marilyn Newton / Reuters

The police are determining how the student obtained the 9mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun from his house which killed Michael Landsberry, a former Marine who taught math at the school.

Michael Landsberry, 45, took a fatal bullet to the chest while trying to stop the 12-year-old from opening fire. Facebook: Remembering-Mr-Michael-Landsberry

The student also shot two 12-year-old boys at the school before shooting himself in the head. The two boys are now in a stable condition.

A woman holds her son after picking him up from Sparks Middle School after the shooting. Andy Barron / Reuters

Landsberry was fatally shot in the chest as he calmly tried to stop the boy from going on a rampage.

Facebook: Remembering-Mr-Michael-Landsberry

The boy opened fire outside the school building where students were getting off buses and heading to their classes before the first bell. He first shot a student in the shoulder and headed to a basketball court where Landsberry tried to stop him.

The math teacher walked calmly to the boy with his hands in the air, and asked him to hand over the weapon.

A student told NBC’s Today show that Landsberry told the boy to “stop and put the gun down. Then the kid, he yelled out ‘No!’ Like, he was yelling at him, and he shot him.”

Police also believed the shooter tried to enter the school at one point but couldn’t open the door because of emergency lockdown procedures.

After killing Landsberry the boy shot another student in the abdomen before shooting himself in the head.

The seventh-grader’s name is being withheld to protect his family.

911 calls from students captured the terror during the shooting.


Officers arrived at the scene of the shooting within three minutes of the initial 911 calls and found the shooter dead.

Marilyn Newton / Reuters

Students from the middle school and neighboring elementary school were evacuated to a high school. The middle school will remain closed for a week.

Students from Sparks Middle School huddle together in the school’s cafeteria after the shooting. Marilyn Newton / Reuters

Authorities said they have interviewed 20 to 30 witnesses and are investigating prior connections between the shooter and the victims. They are yet to provide a motive for the shooting.

Parents pick up their children after the shooting at Sparks Middle School. Andy Barron / Reuters

School and law enforcement officials praised Landsberry’s valiant actions which saved students’ lives. “He truly is a hero,” said Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Michael and Sharon Landsberry buzzfeed.com

Landsberry coached many youth sports and served two tours in Afghanistan with the Nevada National Guard. He was in the Marine Corps from 1986 to 1990.

Handout / Reuters

A memorial is set up on Sullivan Lane, behind the Sparks Middle School, for slain teacher Michael Landsberry, in Sparks. Marilyn Newton / Reuters

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