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Slain Sparks Middle School teacher's actions saves many

October 22, 2013

BLACKFOOT— Reports indicate that the Sparks Middle School shooting took place outside of the building rather than inside the building, a heroic story unravelled as the situation escalated.
The boy, whose name has not been released, began by shooting a fellow student in the shoulder on Oct 21, then shot and killed teacher Mike Landsberry before shooting a second student in the abdomen, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said at a news conference.
He then shot himself to death, according to police.
Despite previous reports indicating the two wounded students had been shot inside the school building, all of the shots were fired outside, police said.
Landsberry walked toward the shooter on a playground basketball court after the first student was hit, saving lives,
Landsberry appeared to be trying to stop the incident when he was shot dead, Miller said, on Oct 22 at a news conference. to authorities.
"Mr. Landsberry's heroic actions, by stepping toward the shooter, allowed time for other students in the playground area to flee," Mieras said.
"It almost appears like he tried to talk him down," he said.
True to his character, the former Marine, a popular math teacher at Sparks Middle School, rushed to help others when chaos erupted.
"That was the kind of person that Michael was," his brother, Reggie Landsberry, told CNN. "He was the kind of person that if somebody needed help, he would be there."
Miller, who said earlier on CNN's "New Day" that it wasn't yet clear if the boy was targeting specific people, declined to identify the boy out of respect for his family.

 

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