At least 2 handguns used in school shooting near Columbine

Emergency vehicles near STEM School Highlands Ranch.        Hart Van Denburg  CPR News

According to a source with knowledge of the investigation, one of the suspects is an 18-year-old senior who was a student at the school.

Castillo was a member of the school's robotics club called FRC 4418 Impulse. Eight students were injured.

Authorities said they had two suspects in custody - an adult male and a juvenile.

Nui Giasolli said that she was in her British literature class at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a K-12 school outside of Denver, when Devon Erickson, another student, entered late. "Our DCSD family is hurting tonight", Douglas County School Superintendent Thomas S. Tucker said in a letter to families.

Students exit an ambulance at a recreation center for students to get reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school in Highlands Ranch, Colo. on May 7, 2019. "I want people to know about him", he told ABC News.

Douglas County District Attorney George Brauchler said the community remains resilient in the face of multiple shootings, including Columbine, the 2012 theatre shooting in the Denver suburb of Aurora and the 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School. "Our officers went in and engaged the suspects".

The father said the victims were alive and that students were able to disarm the shooters.

"We are likely to have a criminal prosecution in this case", Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock stated in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The state had just commemorated the 20th anniversary of the notorious Columbine school shooting in which two heavily armed students aged 17 and 18 killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher on April 20, 1999, before committing suicide.

After the shooting Tuesday, police initially said they had two male suspects in custody.

"They're still clearing the school, so we don't know that yet", she said. She told NBC's "Today" that Castillo lunged at the man who opened fire and was shot.

"Neither one of them were of legal age to own or purchase a gun", Spurlock said, when asked whether any "red flag" laws might have helped prevent the tragedy.

Emergency vehicles near STEM School Highlands Ranch.

"I heard a gunshot", said Makai Dixon, 8, a second grader who had been training for this moment, with active shooter drills and lockdowns, since he was in kindergarten.

Two of the victims remain in serious condition at Littleton Adventist Hospital while three others were released.

"'Mommy, there's a gun (being) shot at my school, '" she remembered her saying.

Police officers with rifles stood by a group of high schoolers huddled behind dumpsters, many of them typing on their phones. Three weeks ago, authorities shut down Denver-area schools as they searched for a Florida woman with an apparent "infatuation" with the Columbine shooting who had traveled to Colorado and had purchased a shotgun in the area.

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