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A 12-year-old boy opened fire at a New Mexico middle school yesterday, critically injuring two students. Now, reports say the boy may have warned fellow students about his intentions before the attack.

According to CNN, the shotgun-wielding preteen opened fire in his Berrendo Middle School gymnasium in Roswell Tuesday morning, injuring a 13-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy. The shooting lasted about ten seconds before Social Studies teacher John Masterson talked the student into putting the gun down. Now, new reports say the boy, who is currently in police custody, warned some students not to go to school the next day.

“We have preliminary information that possibly some of the students were warned by the individual prior to the shooting not to go to school,” said New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas during a news conference Tuesday night.

The student, whose name hasn’t been released by the police, came to school Tuesday morning with a 20-gauge shotgun, pulled the gun out of his book bag and shot two students in the gym before class started. The two victims are 13-year-old Kendall Sanders, who was shot in the shoulder, and an 11-year-old boy who suffered injuries to the side of his face and neck.

The school is closed today so students and family members can heal after this harrowing tragedy. This the 31st school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012.


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