On Tuesday, a shooting incident at STEM School Highlands Ranch left 1 student dead and at least 8 other students injured. An 18-year-old male student was killed while the other victims were believed to be over 15 years of age.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office held an early morning press conference on Wednesday where they revealed a possible revenge motive by a transgender student.
As Twitchy reports, one of the two suspects is “a minor not identified by police [and] is reportedly transgender and transitioning from male to female.” The other suspect, who was identified by police, is an 18-year-old male.
As for a motive, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock claims, “the motive of the shooters went beyond bullying and involved revenge and anger towards others.”
“We will not be releasing any photos at this time as it could jeopardize this critical on-going investigation,” the sheriff’s office tweeted, as Denver 7 reports. “We still have interviews to conduct and we want to make sure we have the most accurate information.”
In the presser, Sheriff Spurlock revealed his department recovered three handguns and a rifle, though the rifle was not used during the shooting.
Here’s more, from Denver 7:
As of 6 p.m., two of the victims were in serious condition at Littleton Adventist Hospital, officials said, and three had been released from the hospital. One victim was in good condition at Children’s Hospital. Two other victims were at Sky Ridge Medical Center and listed as “stable,” but their conditions were unclear.
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Spurlock said the suspects walked into the building, “got deep inside the school” and shot at students at two separate locations. The shooting was reported shortly before 2 p.m., and deputies arrived about two minutes later and engaged the suspects, taking them into custody, Spurlock said.
“I believe the quick response of officers helped save lives,” Spurlock said. “A quick response eliminates a lot of this issue right off the bat.”
The STEM school, which has about 1,800 students from kindergarten through high school, is located off South Ridgeline Road and Plaza Drive in Highlands Ranch.
The school did not have a School Resource Officer assigned to the building, but it did have private security, Spurlock said.
Watch the full press conference below: