One of the two students who opened fire on a school in Denver has been identified as 18-year-old Devon Erickson.
An 18-year-old boy was killed and eight other students were injured when gunfire erupted at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon at 1.53pm local time.
Police confirmed that the shooting was carried out by two people, one adult male and one juvenile.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Erickson is the adult shooter.
Officials are expected to release more information at a press conference at 6am Wednesday morning.
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said shots were fired in two separate locations in the high school section of the campus, which serves grades kindergarten through 12th.
Administrators reported the gunfire immediately and deputies arrived on the scene within two minutes.
Spurlock said officers engaged the suspects and there was a struggle to bring them down. Neither suspect was injured in the confrontation.
Authorities recovered three handguns and a rifle but said the latter was not used in the shooting.
Before officers arrived, one heroic student, Brendan Bialy, tackled one of the gunmen.
Bialy’s father told the New York Timesthat ‘two students entered the classroom and one pulled a gun out of a guitar case’.
He said ‘his son and two friends tried to tackle the gunman but one of the boys was shot in the chest’, according to the Times.
That account was corroborated by the father of one of the teenagers who was shot.
Fernando Montoya told The Denver Channel his son, who was shot three times but is expected to survive, told him a shooter produced a gun from a guitar case.
— John Fenton (@higuysimjohn) May 8, 2019
Authorities were seen outside a home in Highland Springs believed to be owned by Erickson’s parents, James and Stephanie. The mother’s Facebook page was deleted shortly after news broke of the shooting.
A reporter for 9News, Katie Eastman, tweeted a photo of the home and wrote: ‘A neighbor confirmed to me that Devon lived here in this blue house on Mountain Maple Avenue in Littleton. Called him a “great kid from a great family”.’
A car spray painted with the words ‘f*** society’ was towed away from the house at around 10pm.
A criminal background check revealed Erickson’s almost unblemished record, which noted a ticket for careless driving issued in Douglas County on February 13, 2018.
The teen’s social media pages indicate that he is an avid guitar player, youth theater actor and registered Democrat who has on occasion expressed disdain for Christians, criticized President Donald Trump and praised former President Barack Obama.
In a post from 2014, Erickson wrote: ‘You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn’t do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is “ewwwwww gays”.’
In 2015 he shared a Facebook post by Occupy Democrats praising Obama, and in 2016 shared a video of TV host Seth Meyers criticizing Trump.
Erickson also has a YouTube channel where he posted videos of himself playing the guitar.
His Snapchat account is reportedly under the name ‘devonkills’.
In one Instagram post obtained by Heavy.com, Erickson wrote: ‘I’m covered in ink and addicted to pain.’
In another from 2018 he said: ‘I’m only posting one of my senior pictures so people don’t think I dropped out since I don’t take classes at stem anymore.’
The Denver Channel reported that the second suspect, who is a minor, was in the process of transitioning from female to male.
Multiple sources told the outlet that the motive of the alleged shooters went beyond bullying and involved revenge and anger towards their classmates.
They said at least one of the suspects was involved in legal and illegal drug use and had been in therapy.
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