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  • 15 January 2014, 6:34

Roswell School Shooting: Two Children Injured

A 12-year-old schoolboy pulled a shotgun out of a musical instrument case and shot two students before being persuaded to give up the weapon by a teacher.

Police have said a 12-year-old boy is in a critical condition and a 13-year-old girl is in a serious condition following the incident at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico.

Governor Susana Martinez said: "The shooter was quickly stopped by one staff member who walked right up to him and asked him to set down the firearm, which he did.

"He was also assisted by a State Police Lieutenant who was dropping off his own child."

The shooting took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the cold weather outside before the start of class.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said: "It's one thing for an armed state police officer to enter the school and do his or her job.

"It's another thing for a teacher, staff member to intervene in a situation like this."

Pupil Odiee Carranza, who witnessed the shooting, said the suspect was a boy who she thought was being bullied.

She said the gunman shot the boy twice in the face, and shot the girl in the arm.

Another witness, Anyssa Vegara, said she was talking to a security guard when she heard a shot.

"I turned around, and all I saw was someone on the floor with their arm bleeding," she told the Journal.

Roswell has been rocked by gang violence in recent years and has asked Homeland Security Investigations to step in and help.

The incident is the second to take place at a middle school in three months.

A 12-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun at his middle school in Sparks, Nevada, in October, killing a teacher and wounding two other students before shooting himself to death.

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