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Mason Campbell, 12, has been named by authorities as the suspect who wounded two students during a horrifying school school in Roswell, New Mexico, on January 13, reports KOB 4. According to reports, Campbell is believed to have opened fire inside the school’s gymnasium where students were milling around waiting for the start of classes. For an unknown reason, Campbell is alleged to have shot two fellow students before being talked down by a hero teacher
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Warned His Friends to Stay Away From School
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According to authorities, Campbell had planned the attack and warned some friends not to attend school on the day in question. It appears that his targets were random, reports The Albuquerque Journal.
2. The Victims Conditions Remain Serious
The two wounded students remain in hospital, Kendal Sanders is now in stable condition, whereas the boy, Nathaniel, remains critical at a Lubbock, Texas hospital. Both children have had surgery, it’s reported by KOAT that Nathaniel required two surgeries on January 14.
3. The Boy is Due For a Health Evaluation
The boy is being held at an undisclosed location by state police. He will undergo mental health evaluation in Albuquerque.
4. He’s in the 7th Grade
He is a seventh grader in Berrendo Middle School. The gun used was a sawn-off shotgun, police believe that Campbell brought three rounds with him to school. Three shots were apparently fired, one that hit the ceiling, another that hit the floor and another that fired into bleachers filled with students from a distance of about 12 feet.
Police said during a press conference that they have searched his locker and that they believe he brought the gun to school in a musical instrument case. Police have also now searched his home, according to KRQE. Due to his age, Campbell cannot be tried as an adult in the case.
5. He Was Talked Down by a Hero Teacher
It’s alleged that Campbell was talked down from his rampage by hero social studies teacher, John Masterson. According to KOB 4, he was then detained by an off-duty state policeman who was dropping his child off at the school.