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CrimeFormal charges expected today for students accused in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

17:45  15 may  2019
17:45  15 may  2019 Source:   9news.com

Police respond to reports of school shooting in Colorado

Police respond to reports of school shooting in Colorado Police in Colorado are responding to a school shooting as reports emerge that two suspects are in custody and police are engaging with a third.

On May 7, 2019, a school shooting occurred at STEM School Highlands Ranch , a charter school located in Douglas County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch .

The two suspects accused of opening fire at STEM School Highlands Ranch are due back in court on Friday afternoon.

Formal charges expected today for students accused in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting© AP Armed police officers and others are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch, a charter middle school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo., after a shooting Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Courtney Harper via AP)

The two students arrested in connection with last week's shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that killed one student and injured eight others are due in court Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. where they're expected to be formally charged.

Both remain in jail where they're being held without bond.

Devon Erickson had an advisement hearing last. The 18-year-old kept his head down during the proceedings and only spoke once — to acknowledge that he would follow the terms of a protection order keeping him away from the victims and the school where the shooting occurred. Otherwise, he responded to questions by nodding up and down.

What we know about the Highlands Ranch STEM school shooting in Colorado

What we know about the Highlands Ranch STEM school shooting in Colorado The Douglas County Sheriff's Department said two people are in custody after a school shooting left one dead and eight injured in a Denver suburb.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock said one of the Colorado STEM school shooting suspect is a female, correcting his statement from an earlier press conference. USA TODAY .

HIGHLANDS RANCH , Colo. — Multiple students have been injured following reports of shots fired at 1:53 p.m. at STEM School Highlands Ranch at South Ridgeline Boulevard and Plaza Drive, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Ahead of Wednesday's hearing, he was being held on one count of suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation and 29 counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation.

Formal charges expected today for students accused in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting© KUSA Devon Erickson during his first court appearance

The second suspect is a juvenile. That suspect also appeared in court last week. At Wednesday morning's hearing, the prosecution is expected to decide whether that suspect will be tried as an adult.

The pair is accused of opening fire at two different locations inside STEM School Highlands Ranch just after 1:50 p.m. on May 7.

Kendrick Castillo, 18, was killed in the shooting when fellow students said he lunged at the suspect who had entered their classroom.

“I’m going to have a lot of guilt for a long time by raising a good individual...his actions are heroic, but the consequences are steep," Kendrick's father John Castillo said.

Columbine shares message for nearby school after shooting

Columbine shares message for nearby school after shooting Just over 20 years ago, 12 students and a teacher were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. On Tuesday, another school shooting rocked the community — and Columbine showed their support for those impacted by the tragedy in a meaningful way. One student was killed and eight others were injured in a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in the Denver suburbs this week. Two suspects, who are both students at the charter school, were taken into custody at the scene. Columbine and STEM School Highlands Ranch are only located about 8 miles away from each other.

STEM School Highlands Ranch , formerly known as STEM School and Academy, is a charter school located in Douglas County, Colorado, United States in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch .

Two students accused in the attack remain jailed and are expected to be formally charged Friday. Police and school administrators load students onto school buses following a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch , a charter middle school in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch

Formal charges expected today for students accused in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting© Castillo Family Friend Kendrick Castillo

Eight other students were shot and wounded. All of them have been released from the hospital.

Brendan Bialy and Joshua Jones also helped subdue one of the gunmen at the school according to classmates.

"We rushed him," Jones said on Tuesday. "I pulled him to the ground, Brendan got the gun, Kendrick shoved him against the wall first off."

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The Latest: 2 in school shooting face murder, other charges.
 The Latest on the Colorado school shooting (all times local):9:55 a.m.Colorado prosecutors have charged the students suspected of opening fire at their school with over a dozen counts of murder and attempted murder as well as theft and arson. The shootings at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7 killed 1 student and injured 8 others. The accused gunmen, 18-year-old Devon Erickson and 16-year-old Alec McKinney, were arrested at the school and investigators say they opened fire inside using handguns. The charges were listed in electronic court records. It wasn't clear if McKinney was being charged as an adult.

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