Hero Teacher Credited With Stopping NM Middle School Shooting
Without the heroic actions of a social studies teacher, a school shooting in Roswell, New Mexico could have turned out much worse.
When a 12-year-old gunman opened fire at Berrendo Middle School Tuesday, police say a teacher walked right up to him and convinced him to put the gun down.
A local report identified that teacher as John Masterson. He was joined in his effort by an off-duty police officer who was dropping his child off at school when the shots rang out.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said late Tuesday that a 12-year-old boy wounded in the shooting had underwent two surgeries.
A 13-year-old girl who was also wounded is in stable condition, the governor said.
The shooter reportedly used a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun that he snuck into school in a bag or musical instrument case.
After being taken into custody, the suspect was transferred to a psychiatric facility following a hearing.
Watch the latest report from Will Carr on America's Newsroom, including on reported warnings issued by the gunmen to other students.