One student killed, several others injured in Highlands Ranch school shooting

At least seven people were injured in a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon. Courtney Fromm - FOX21 News

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One student was killed and several others were injured, some critically, in a school shooting in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Two suspects, both students at the school, are in custody. 

The sheriff’s office said the student who was killed was 18 years old. His name is not yet being released. His immediate family has been notified, according to the sheriff’s office. 

The sheriff’s office said the shooting happened around 1:53 p.m. inside STEM School Highlands Ranch at Ridgeline Boulevard and Plaza Drive. The shooters engaged students in two separate classrooms within the high school portion of the campus, according to Sheriff Tony Spurlock. Shots were still being fired when deputies entered the school two minutes after receiving the call. 

The sheriff’s office said eight students were injured in the shooting. It was not immediately clear whether the student who died was included in that number. All of the people injured were over the age of 15, according to Spurlock. 

Spurlock said two suspects are in custody, and they are not looking for any other suspects. Spurlock said both suspects are students at the school. Initial reports from the sheriff’s office indicate one is a juvenile, and one is an adult, which means he is over the age of 18. The two suspects were not injured. 

The sheriff’s office is working to obtain warrants to search both suspects’ homes, as well as a suspect vehicle in the school parking lot.

The public charter school has more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Law enforcement is currently working to reunite all of the students with their families. 

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX21 News for the latest. 

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