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Two Dead and Two Injured in Shooting at Sparks Middle School

October 21, 2013

For Immediate Release 
Victoria Campbell 
Calli Fisher 
 Two Dead and Two Injured in Shooting at Sparks Middle School

Reno, NV (Oct. 21, 2013) - A shooting took place shortly before classes were scheduled to begin at Sparks Middle School this morning, leaving two people dead and two people injured. Among the dead is a teacher. A student who is suspected of opening fire at the middle school at approximately 7:15 a.m. is also deceased. Two students were injured and have been hospitalized.

Following safety procedures, school staff members immediately placed the school in lockdown and held students inside until they could be evacuated safely to a nearby elementary school. Classes had not yet begun when the shooting took place.

The Washoe County School District Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, and the Nevada Highway Patrol secured the scene and canvassed the school for victims and evidence.

"School staff members followed emergency procedures, and in the process we believed they saved lives," said WCSD Police Chief Mike Mieras. "We are grateful for the quick response from our local law enforcement agencies, and we want to thank those officers for their support."

"This is a tragic day for our District family," said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all of our students, staff members, and families who have been affected by this terrible event. I am thankful to staff members from all of our schools who have offered help and support."

Sparks Police Department will be the lead agency in the criminal investigation, which is now classified as a homicide.

Classes at Sparks Middle School have been cancelled for the remainder of the week. Classes have been cancelled at Agnes Risley Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Families of students who attend these schools may bring their children to the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows at 2680 E. Ninth St. beginning at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday. They should pick up their children by 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to students who spend the day at the facility.

More than two dozen school counselors and psychologists are working with state and federal personnel to coordinate counseling services for students, staff members, and families from Sparks Middle School. Members of the National Association of School Psychologists are responding to the area, as are members of national law enforcement agency counseling response teams. Counselors are also offering support to any other students, staff members, or families who need help to cope with the aftermath of this traumatic event.

For counseling resources, students and families may report to:
Monday, Oct. 21:
Alice Maxwell Elementary School
2300 N. Rock Blvd.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 22:
Virginia Palmer Elementary School
5890 Klondike
Sun Valley
7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sparks High School
820 15th Street
7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For staff only:
Larry Johnson Community Center
1200 12th St.
7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
About Washoe County School District: The Washoe County School District includes the
Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District
provides each of its 63,000 students with a superior education in a safe and challenging
environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready.
For more information visit: www.washoecountyschools.org. Follow us on Twitter at

Washoe County School District
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