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Police: Student killed staff member who was trying to protect children at Nev. middle school

Monday - 10/21/2013, 3:50pm  ET

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- Police say it was a student who opened fire at a Nevada middle school today, killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children.

The suspected gunman also is dead, but authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement, though more than 150 officers responded.

The shooting erupted outside Sparks Middle School shortly before classes began this morning. Two other students were critically injured in the incident. They were both taken to a nearby hospital, where one is out of surgery. Police say the other as doing well.

Students from the middle school and next door elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled. At the evacuation center, parents walked with their arms around their children, some of whom were in tears.

The city of Sparks lies just east of Reno.

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199-a-02-(Pedro Martinez, superintendent, Washoe County School District, at news conference)-"very tragic day"-Washoe County School Superintendent Pedro Martinez says his heart goes out to the staff, students and families effected by the deadly shooting at Sparks Middle School. (21 Oct 2013)

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198-a-08-(Chief Mike Mieras (MEHR'-ihs), Washoe County School District Police, at news conference)-"is doing well"-Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras says there were two people injured in the shooting in addition to the two fatalities. (21 Oct 2013)

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187-a-15-(Isis (last name not given), parent of Sparks Middle School student, interviewed while waiting to retrieve son)-"he's a witness (second reference)"-This Sparks Middle School parent says she's been worrying as she waits to collect her son after the shooting. COURTESY: KOLO 8 NEWS NOW ((mandatory on-air credit)) (21 Oct 2013)

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188-a-17-(Isis (last name not given), parent of Sparks Middle School student, interviewed while waiting to retrieve son)-"that's not cool"-This Sparks Middle School parent says she's upset because she's been kept waiting to be reunited with her son. COURTESY: KOLO 8 NEWS NOW ((mandatory on-air credit)) (21 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO GFX0313: Map locates Sparks, Nev., where at least 2 people are killed in a shooting at Sparks Middle School.; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm; (21 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO FX101: Police secure the scene near Sparks Middle School after a shooting in Sparks, Nev., on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Authorities are reporting that two people were killed and two wounded at the Nevada middle school. (AP Photo/Kevin Clifford) (21 Oct 2013)

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