Two school administrators were shot on Wednesday morning at a Denver high school after a handgun was found on a student subjected to daily searches, authorities said. The male, juvenile suspect remained at large and the gun was not immediately recovered following the shooting at East High School, Police Chief Ron Thomas said. The shooting happened just before 10am in an area away from classrooms as the student was undergoing a daily search as part of a "safety plan," officials said. One of the administrators was critically injured and was undergoing surgery at an area hospital. The second victim was in stable condition, Thomas said. Both victims are male.
Thomas said police know the identity of the suspect and are confident they will apprehend him, the AP reports. "He obviously is armed and dangerous and willing to use the weapon, as we’ve learned this morning," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, warning the community as they search for the suspect. The mayor said paramedics were already in the school after a student's allergic reaction so they were able to treat the wounded immediately, reports CNN. The school, not far from downtown near a busy street that cuts through the city, was placed on lockdown as police investigated the shooting. Hundreds of parents lined up along a road near the school, with the scene sealed off by police.
The suspect in Wednesday’s shooting had transferred to East High School from another district, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Alex Marrero said. Officials did not reveal why the student was being searched daily. Earlier this month, students from the school skipped class and marched to Colorado’s state Capitol to demand stricter gun laws, following the death of a fellow student who was shot while sitting in a car near the school.
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