As police tried to piece together how and why a seventh-grader shot and killed a teacher and wounded two other students at his Nevada school, recordings of the first calls to police captured the horror and chaos he unleashed.
"This is a student at Sparks Middle School. Can you please send police out here? There's a kid with a gun."
"Somebody brought a gun to school. They shot a teacher."
"I got a kid down who's been shot."
The 12-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, began by shooting a fellow student in the shoulder, police said Tuesday. Then he turned his gun on math teacher Michael Landsberry before shooting a second student in the abdomen, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said.
After that, he shot himself to death with his pistol, which Sparks Deputy Police Chief Tom Miller identified as a Ruger 9mm semiautomatic.
The parents of the shooter are fully cooperating with police, reports CNN’s Stephanie Elam.
“But they could face charges if it’s discovered that their son was able to get his hands on a gun that was not properly stored.”
Meanwhile, friends of beloved math teacher, marine, and husband Michael Landsberry are speaking out in his memory.
He gave his life trying to talk down the shooter and defuse the situation, likely saving the lives of countless others.
He's being hailed as a hero today by Chief Master Sergeant James Ross, who supervised Landsberry in the National Guard and is a close personal friend of the family. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)
Ross says, "Michael left us the same way that he lived his life amongst us with honor and discipline and integrity and the discipline that was instilled in him from Marine Corps boot camp and throughout his service in the United States Marine Corps and the Air Force, through the International Guard, allowed him to stand in face of that danger and to - he was trying to help that child give up the weapon, so that he could protect others."