Sheriff: ‘Unstable Situation, Shots Fired’ at Colorado School, At Least 7 Injured, 2 Suspects in Custody

May 7, 2019 Updated: May 7, 2019

An “active and unstable scene” has been reported on May 7 at a Colorado school where authorities said multiple injuries were reported after shots were fired.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office officers said “7 possibly 8 students have been injured.” Moreover, police say two suspects are in custody, while SWAT is still clearing the school.

According to CBS News, the injured have been taken to local hospitals. Authorities have not provided details about the severity of their injuries.

Authorities said in a Twitter post that they responded to STEM School Highland Ranch off Ridgeline Blvd at 1:53 p.m. on a call about shots being fired.

Earlier, authorities said 2 people were reported injured, and deputies were in the process of identifying and locating shooter(s).

Numerous units from the South Metro Fire Rescue are also assisting at the scene.

Authorities have asked parents to go to Northridge Rec Center to pick up their children.

The STEM school has been placed in lockdown. “All other Highlands Ranch schools are on lockout. We will provide more information as soon as we have it,” according to Douglas County School District.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in a statement that he is “monitoring the situation in real time.”

“We are making all of our public safety resources available to assist the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in their effort to secure the site and evacuate the students. We are monitoring the situation in real time. The heart of all Colorado is with the victims & their families,” Polis said.

Authorities urged the public to avoid the area.

STEM School Highlands Ranch serves K-12 with 1,850 students—550 elementary age students, 700 in middle school and 600 high school students, according to the school website.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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