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New Mexico community searches for answers after school shooting
NEW MEXICO -- (ABC) A New Mexico community is now looking for answers after a school shooting yesterday.
Police say a 12-year-old boy opened fire in a jam-packed gym.
Two middle schoolers were hurt, one critically.
More than a thousand people gathered at this vigil in Roswell, New Mexico -- another community now coping with a school shooting.
This time it was a middle school. The wounded children -- 13 year-old Kendall Sanders - seen in this Facebook photo - suffered injuries to her
right shoulder and an 11 year-old boy -not identified -- who suffered injuries to his face and neck.
Gov. Martinez Keep these two children in you prayers, who were shot by simply sitting in their gym waiting to go to class.
Police say the shooter is just 12 years-old, a 7th grader who snuck a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun into the gym full of 500 students yesterday morning, concealed in a bag or case.
Brady Dearing I saw the student walk in with the gym. He started firing randomly - it seemed.
The suspect was transferred to an Albuquerque Psychiatric Hospital as police search for clues and a motive. Overnight, they visited the boy's home and continue to investigate reports the shooter warned some students not to come to school.
We're now looking at social media. I don't have a definitive answer but we' ll certainly be looking into that.
Today, many are calling 8th grade Social Studies teacher John Masterson a hero. Officials say the shooting -which lasted just 10 seconds--could have been far worse had Masterson not put himself in the line of fire and talked the boy into surrendering.
Berrendo Middle School is closed today but classes are expected to resume tomorrow with counselors on hand to help..