Slain teen charged attacker in Colorado school shooting

Castillo was killed during Tuesday's shooting in Highlands Ranch at STEM school.

"He was awesome", said Cecilia Bedard, 19, who knew Castillo since elementary school.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says that seven, possibly eight students have been injured after a school shooting in Colorado this afternoon. However, he said they included two handguns, which he said they were not old enough to buy or own.

Students and other attendees walk out of a community vigil to honor the victims and survivors of yesterday's fatal shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch, late Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

"They don't get what we went through yesterday, they don't get what it's like to have to run for your life", said one student captured in a video tweeted by Colorado Public Radio education reporter Jenny Brundin.

"He said a guy pulled a pistol out of a guitar case and started to shoot", Mr Montoya told local media. John Castillo could not be reached for immediate comment.

The Douglas County School District official said all of the concerns were reported to "the Department of Human Services and to the sheriff's department".

The mother of the 18-year-old man accused of committing a shooting at a Denver-area school has broken her silence, saying she doesn't know the reason behind it.

Castillo lunged at the gunman, who shot the teenager.

Kendrick Castillo, who died in Tuesday's shooting, is credited with helping save the lives of his classmates also continues to be honored by friends, families but also celebrities paying tribute the student.

"His decisive actions resulted in the safety and protection of his teachers and fellow classmates", Marine Capt. Michael Maggiti said. "That's exactly who Kendrick was", said Baccara president Rachel Short.

A second shooter was captured by a security guard.

Spurlock said deputies from a nearby substation were on the scene within two minutes.

As the Castillo family mourn the loss of their son, they want to pass on this message to other families.

Police have two people in custody and are clearing the K-12 school, which has over 1,800 students, room-by-room.

No staff members or officers were injured in the shooting.

The attack came a week after a gunman opened fire on the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina, killing two people and wounding four others.

  • Tracy Klein