Yesterday, we reported the horrifying news that a man had opened fire on a group of middle school children at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado. Click here to read the initial report.
More information has since emerged regarding the suspect. He is 32-year-old Colorado resident Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, and he has a violent and criminal history. This includes domestic violence, assault, menacing, driving under the influence and motor vehicle theft. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance today at 10AM to face multiple charges.
Reports say Eastwood has been to Deer Creek school before, and went inside before coming back out to start shooting. No motive has yet been hypothesized as to why he would target the children. The two children who were shot are pictured here.
13-year-old Reagan Weber was shot in the arm and has since been released from the hospital. 14-year-old Matt Thieu was shot in the chest and, as of late last night, remained in critical condition. He is now at Children’s Hospital in Denver.
Steve Potter, Deer Creek bus driver, witnessed the heroics of math teacher Dr. David Benke as he tackled the gunman while reloading, preventing him from getting off any more shots. He subdued him until police arrived.
“Dr. Benke was out there at the time the school was being let out. It looked to me like he heard the shot and decided to react accordingly,” said Potter. “There was a little bit of a wresting match for about 5 seconds or so,” before Benke had disarmed the gunman.
“As many school districts have learned, you can prepare, you can train, but I don’t think you’re every really prepared for something like this to happen,” Lynn Setzer with the Jefferson County School District said. “In terms of being ready, we train our staff members for a number of different scenarios. This is one of them.”
“It’s hard to explain why they would target innocent victims,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink, who was among the hundreds of law enforcement agents who responded to the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. “It’s just mind-boggling to me why someone would do that.”