Nevada School Shooting Incident: Bullied Gunman Dead Leaving 2 Wounded Students And Teacher Dead

By Staff Writer | October 23, 2013 01:13 AM EDT


Last Monday morning was one of nation's horrifying days as a middle school in Nevada succumbs to an act of school violence. Nevada school shooting incident happened at Sparks Nevada Middle School as a supposedly bullied gunman killed a teacher and wounded 2 of his schoolmates.

A police officer from the incident claims that the teacher at Sparks Middle School died trying to protect the students.

"We've got video we have to review, people we've got to talk to," according to Tom Robinson, deputy chief of Reno police. "But in my estimation, he is a hero. We do know he was trying to intervene."

According to an interview made by CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" to the brother's victim Reggie Landsberry, in addition to his work as a teacher, the victim also served in the Marines and went to Afghanistan as a member of the Nevada Air National Guard.

"He was the kind of person that if someone needed help he would be there," Reggie said. "He loved teaching. He loved the kids. He loved coaching them. ... He was just a good all-around individual."

Reggie Landsberry claims that his brother was perhaps trying to "talk the kid down and protect whoever he could. That sounds like Mike."

In addition, the victim's sister-in-law, Chanda Landsberry said that, Mike who received his bachelor's degree in Education from University of Nevada, Reno in 2001, was very fond of teaching.

"He loved his school kids. He loved the Guard," she said. "It defined him."

Kyle Nucum, 13, who is an eight-grader student from the middle school, said that the shooting happened at about 7:15 am, while he was on an outside basketball court.

"We heard a pop, like a loud pop, and everybody was screaming and the teacher came to investigate," the student said. "I thought it was a firecracker at first, but the student was pointing a gun at the teacher. After the teacher told him to put it down, and the student fired a shot ... at the teacher and the teacher fell and everybody ran away."

Kyle added that he and other students ran across a field as they hear four or five more shots, where a kind lady let them into her home.

Prior to the shooting another student, Michelle Hernandez, claimed that she saw the shooter the morning of the incident. "I heard him saying, 'Why you people making fun of me, why you laughing at me,?" Michelle said.

Seth Hinchberger, another eight-grader said the shooter "pulled out a weapon and just shot it. And scared all of us and we just started running."

When Seth and the others ran into a hall to create a pile, "guys in the front...for the safety of the girls," the gunman came over and aimed at the pile, but another hero teacher distracted him and led him shooting in another direction.

The shooting spree did not only leave a teacher dead, but two students were injured as well. One student was shot in the stomach, while the other student was shot in the shoulder. However, the two 12-year-old boys were both in a stable position, according to Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras.

The gunman then eventually shot and killed himself with the semiautomatic gun which he took from his parents; Sparks Deputy Chief Tom Miller said a news conference, Monday evening.

The motive of the gunman is not yet clear, "It's too early to say whether he was targeting specific people or just going on an indiscriminate shooting spree," Tom Robinson, deputy chief of the Reno Police Department, said.

Mike Landsberry was loved by his students and shared the pain of losing him in an outburst of sincere messages on social media sites they posted photos of Mike, showing his cheerfulness when teaching.

"Welcome to Mr. L's Math Class for 2013-2014," is a math website kept by Mike Landsberry for his students in order to help them get through each year.

"I have one classroom rule and it is very simple: 'Thou Shall Not Annoy Mr. L,'" the site said. "I am looking forward to getting to know and teach all of you this year. I know that at times the year will be tough and boring but I will do my best to make the lessons exciting."

During a press conference, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson addressed parents saying, "I can tell them to rest assured. The schools are safe. The rest of the city is safe," as 150 to 200 personnel are securing the school and the surrounding area.

In a press conference made by Sparks Mayor Geno Martini on Monday, saying,

"The city itself is very safe, this is just an isolated incident."  

"It's very, very tragic, I'm saddened to have to be here."

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement:

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning. My administration is receiving regular updates and the Nevada Highway Patrol is assisting at the scene. Kathleen and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those affected by these tragic events."

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