Teacher killed in Nevada middle school shooting ID’d; shooter dead

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from The Huffington Post,

A student opened fire at a Nevada middle school Monday, killing a teacher and wounding two boys, authorities said. The shooter was left dead.

At 7:16 a.m., just before school got underway, the unidentified suspect used a semiautomatic handgun to shoot and kill a math teacher and wound two other students, both 12, before taking his own life, authorities said at a Monday afternoon news conference. Police arrived at the scene in less than three minutes, the authorities said.

The two boys, who were originally transferred to a local hospital in critical condition, are now in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, Sparks deputy police chief Tom Miller said at the news conference.

The slain teacher was identified by his brother as Michael Landsberry, a former Marine and a member of the Nevada Air National Guard. The county coroner’s office has yet to confirm the identities of the teacher and the suspected gunman, authorities said.

Landsberry’s brother, Reggie, told NBC News that the 8th-grade math teacher is survived by his wife, Sharon, and two of her children from a previous relationship.

Authorities suggested that Landsberry tried to shield students from the gunman, but stressed they were still investigating.

“In my estimation, he is a hero,” said Tim Robinson, deputy chief of the Sparks police.

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