Sparks Middle School shooting

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Sparks Middle School shooting
Location Sparks Middle School, Sparks, Nevada
Coordinates 39°33′6″N 119°46′6″W / 39.55167°N 119.76833°W / 39.55167; -119.76833Coordinates: 39°33′6″N 119°46′6″W / 39.55167°N 119.76833°W / 39.55167; -119.76833
Date October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)
Attack type
School shooting, murder–suicide
Weapons Ruger SR9C semi-automatic handgun[1]
Deaths 2 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
2
Perpetrator Jose Reyes
Defender 1

The Sparks Middle School shooting occurred in Sparks, Nevada, on October 21, 2013. Two people, including the perpetrator, were killed, and two others were injured. Sparks Middle School is part of the Washoe County School District.[2]

Shooting[edit]

On October 21, 2013, Jose Reyes, a 12-year-old student in seventh-grade, opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun at the basketball courts of Sparks Middle School. He injured a 12-year-old student, KJ Kersey, in the shoulder. Michael Landsberry, a math teacher who was trying to intervene with Reyes, was shot and killed in the playground. Reyes then shot and wounded a 12-year-old student, Mason Davis, who tried to come to Landsberry's assistance. Davis suffered an injury to his abdomen. Reyes then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The shooting happened before classes, and the school was evacuated and was closed for the week.[3][4][5][6][7] Details of the shooting emerged in the report issued the following spring.[8]

Perpetrator[edit]

Jose Horacio Reyes, 12 (July 2, 2001 - October 21, 2013), was born in Reno, Nevada, to parents from Mexico. He had two younger sisters, and grew up partially in Arizona where his father found a construction job, but later moved with his family back to Nevada. Reyes' parents owned a restaurant in Sparks. In early 2012, Reyes' father was charged with and plead guilty to misdemeanor child abuse for an incident involving his son. Reyes left two suicide notes claiming he was bullied, and had taken the antidepressant Prozac and an antipsychotic drug.[9]

Aftermath[edit]

The incident has been a continuing subject of public concern and discussion.[10][11][12] Hillary Clinton discussed the shooting at Sparks during her campaign for the presidency, as part of her campaign for gun control.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff reports (13 May 2014). "Police: Sparks Middle School shooter said he was teased". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Schools in Sparks, Nevada". www.city-data.com. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nevada school shooting: Teacher killed, two students wounded". CNN. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pictured: Hero teacher and former soldier shot dead for trying to talk down 'bullied' 13-year-old who opened fire on two classmates before killing himself with his parents' semi-automatic handgun". Daily Mail. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Day 1 updates from the Sparks Middle School shooting". RGJ.com. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Two Dead and Two Injured in Shooting at Sparks Middle School". Washoe County School District. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nevada school shooting: Teacher killed, two students wounded". CNN. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ McAndrew, Siobhan (May 14, 2014). "Chilling details, no motive in Nev. school shooting". USA Today. Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sparks school shooting". Reno Gazette-Journal. 
  10. ^ Harris, Paul (December 2, 2015). "Police Warn Public To Be Prepared During Active Shooter Situations". ABC News. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Community marks 2 years since deadly Sparks Middle School shooting". News 4. October 21, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Wife of Teacher Slain in Sparks School Shooting Receives Settlement". CBS News. AP. August 12, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ Ritchey, Julie (November 23, 2013). "Clinton Cites Sparks Middle Shooting In Push For Gun Control". KUNR. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 

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