SPARKS, NV – Monday saw violence hit a Nevada middle school as a 12-year old boy opened fire in his teacher and classmates.
In a phone call to dispatch, a student relayed the gravity of the situation “This is a student at Sparks Middle School. Can you please send police out here? There’s a kid with a gun.”
Police chatter to dispatchers from the situation also captured the scene. “We got a guy with a gun. He’s down from a head shot wound. Could be our shooter. He’s out there on the basketball court.”
According to Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras, the seventh grader shot and killed math teacher Mike Landsberry. The intended target was shot in the shoulder while another student was shot in the abdomen.
The math teacher apparently approached the armed student on the playground. According to law enforcement, he was shot after the first student was shot and managed to save the lives of other students.
Mike Landsberry was an Alabama native, former Marine, and member of the Air National Guard reaching the rank of master sergeant and serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan. He got his degree in education from the University of Nevada in Reno.