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One dead, at least 7 injured in school shooting

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UPDATE 5/7/19 AT 9:54 P.M.

WSIL (ABC) -- One student is dead and at least seven students have been injured in a shooting at a Colorado school on Tuesday, according to authorities.

The deceased male, who has not been identified, was 18 years old.

Two suspects are in custody, Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson Kluth told reporters during a press conference. Emergency dispatchers received reports that shots were fired at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch just before 2 p.m., according to a tweet by the sheriff's office.

Investigators believe one of the suspects is an adult and the other is a juvenile, and they are both students at the school, Douglas County Sheriff Anthony Spurlock told reporters. They were not previously under the "radar" of law enforcement, Spurlock said, adding that he would not be releasing their identities.

Authorities do not have any information as to whether any of the injured were targeted, Spurlock said.

A struggle may have ensued between the suspects and someone at the school, Kluth said. The male suspects were not injured, Spurlock said.

The suspects got "deep inside the school" and engaged students in two separate locations, Spurlock said, adding that one of the weapons used was a handgun. Investigators believe they have located all suspects involved, he added.

The injured students, who are all at least 15 years old, were taken to area hospitals, some in critical condition, Spurlock said. Some students have since been released, and all but one have been reunited with their families, he added.

The school does not have a school resource officer, but the school does have private security, Kluth said. School staff notified emergency dispatchers "almost immediately" after the first gunshots were fired, and deputies were on scene within two minutes and engaged the suspects, Spurlock said.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/7/19 AT 6:13 P.M.

WSIL -- The sheriff investigating a Colorado school shooting says the suspects in the shooting that injured 8 are students at the school: one adult and one juvenile.

The two suspects are in custody, Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson Kluth told reporters during a press conference. Emergency dispatchers received reports that shots were fired at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch just before 2 p.m., according to a tweet by the sheriff's office.

The suspects are believed to be juveniles, but it is unclear whether they are students at the school, Kluth said. A struggle may have ensued between the suspects and someone at the school, she added.

Multiple people who were injured were students, Kluth said. The extent of their injuries is unclear.

The school does not have a school resource officer, but a school resource officer in the area was one of the first authorities on the scene, Kluth said. It is still an active shooter situation.

The charter school teaches kindergarten through 12th grade and has more than 1,800 students, Kluth said. More than 500 of those students are elementary age, ABC Denver affiliate KMGH reported.

The shooting started in the middle school, Kluth said.

The school was under lockdown as SWAT teams went from classroom to classroom to clear them, Kluth said. Nearby schools were placed on lockout, according to KMGH.

Concerned mother Kelley Paulson told KMGH that her sixth-grade son got out of the school but her third-grade daughter was still inside.

The school was surrounded by first responders, Paulson said.

Kelly's son, Christian, said he was in study hall when he saw a "bunch of kids running out and saying, 'school shooter, school shooter.'" At first, he wasn't sure the situation was real, he said.

"I tried to run with my life but I'm out of breath," Christian said.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the state is making all public safety resources available to assist the sheriff's office.

"The heart of all Colorado is with the victims and their families," Polis said in a statement.

Additional information was not immediately available.

Parents were instructed to pick up their children nearby at the Northridge Recreation Center. Images showed dozens of children in a single file line with their hands on their heads.
 

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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