AN 18-YEAR-OLD male has been killed and eight other people have been injured after two gunmen opened fire at a school in Denver, Colorado.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s department has confirmed that two suspects are in custody – one adult and one juvenile – following the shooting.
According to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, the two shooters walked into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch and began shooting at students in two classrooms.
Spurlock confirmed that officers from a nearby department substation arrived at the school within two minutes of the initial reports of a shooting.
The two suspects were arrested following a brief struggle.
"Two individuals walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school, and engaged students in two separate locations," he said.
Both shooters used handguns in the attacks.
18-year-old Devon Erickson has been named as one of the two suspects.
Spurlock said the second suspect is a juvenile and that both previously attended the school and were not previously known to the authorities.
“I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside that school helped save lives,” he added.
The incident took place at a school some five miles away from Columbine High School where 13 people were murdered in a mass shooting perpetrated by two students in 1999.