2 Middle School Students Shot by Adult Visitor

LITTLETON, Colo.

Two students were shot by an adult at Deer Creek Middle School Feb. 23.

Reagan Weber, 13, and Matt Thieu, 14, were injured but are expected to recover, reports Fox News. Thieu was shot in the chest and remains hospitalized. Weber was shot in the arm and was released from the hospital the same day as the shooting. The incident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. as students were waiting for their bus rides home. (Article continues below.)

A math teacher, Dr. David Benke, tackled the suspect, 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, as he was reloading his weapon. Steve Potter, who is a bus driver, helped restrain the alleged gunman.

According to the news source, Eastwood, a convicted felon, previously visited the school and actually entered the campus just before the incident.

The school was closed for the rest of week and reopened on Monday. Counselors were available at Stony Creek Elementary School to work with any students and staff who need assistance. When the school reopend, about 30 counselors and a full-time security guard were present to reassure the students, according to the Associated Press.

Deer Creek Middle School is very near Columbine High School where two students shot and killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher, and injured 23 others before turning the guns on themselves.

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