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1 dead, multiple injured, 2 in custody after shots fired at STEM School Highlands Ranch

Posted at 8:45 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 07:32:39-04

HIGHLANDS RANCH – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate after shots were fired at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon.

According to news partner Denver 7, multiple high-ranking law enforcement sources say one student has died from injuries sustained in the incident. Three students have been discharged from the hospital and two remain in serious condition.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the death of the one student, saying only that the student is an 18-year-old male.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, eight students were confirmed wounded in the shooting that started in the middle school portion of the large campus.

The Sheriff’s Office said two suspects are in custody and are both believed to be students at the school. They were initially identified only as an adult male and a juvenile male.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the Sheriff’s Office identified the adult suspect as 18-year-old Devon Erickson. They said they will not be releasing photos at this time, as it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

The eight students were taken to multiple Denver area hospitals.

There was an extensive search of the campus and surrounding area by SWAT teams, but there is no sign of a possible third shooter, according to law enforcement.

The STEM School is K – 12 and is attended by roughly 1,800 students. The campus is one block from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which allowed for a quick response.

The area was crowded with fire trucks, ambulances and three medical helicopters on campus prepared to evacuate the wounded.

All of the medical helicopters had left the campus as of 4:00 p.m. due to severe weather moving into Denver-metro.

A lockout for all Douglas County school campuses was lifted at 3:50 p.m. During the lockout it was a very terrifying time as parents waited anxiously to be reunited with their children.

Parents were told to reunite their children at Northridge Rec. Center. The rec center is located at 8800 S. Broadway.