As it stands today there has been no reasoning as to why the student came to school with a gun. It was the first day back from fall break at Sparks Middle School and students was waiting to hear the morning bell.
Within moments, two 12-year-old students were wounded. A beloved teacher and military veteran lay dead. And the young shooter — armed with his parents’ gun — took his own life, silencing any way of understanding what he was thinking.
‘I think he took out his bullying’
The other surviving students at the school described the gunman like the antithesis of a school shooter.
“He was really a nice kid,” schoolmate Amaya Newton said. “He would make you smile when you were having bad day.”
But for whatever reason, the boy, whom authorities have not identified, took his parents’ handgun to school, a federal law enforcement source said.
“I believe it was because I saw him getting bullied a couple of times, and I think he took out his bullying,” Amaya said.
Amaya said she thought the two students at the Nevada school were friends of the shooter.
But “it’s too early to say whether he was targeting specific people or just going on an indiscriminate shooting spree,” Reno police Deputy Chief Tom Robinson said