2 students shot, 1 man arrested at Deer Creek Middle School

By Howard Pankratz, Kevin Vaughan and Joey Bunch
The Denver Post

Posted: 02/23/2010 03:37:08 PM MST
Updated: 02/23/2010 10:31:57 PM MST


Debbie Center consoles her visibly upset daughter Deanna, 13, who was in the middle school library at the time of the shooting. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the sheriff's department, said the two juveniles have been transported to a hospital where they are in stable condition.

He said both victims were outside the school.

The shooting was reported at 3:14 p.m., according to Techmeyer. The students were identified as Reagan Weber and Matt Thieu. Both 8th graders were initially treated at Littleton Adventist Hospital, but Matt was transferred to Children's Hospital where he was listed in critical condition tonight. Reagan was treated in the emergency room

Techmeyer said earlier Tuesday that the children's wounds are not thought to be life-threatening although the 32-year-old man, identified tonight as Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, was using a "high-powered rifle."

Eastwood has prior arrests for menacing and domestic violence, according to computerized court records.

Jared Nelson, 13, was on a bus when he saw the gunman round a corner on the north side of the school, pull a rifle off his shoulder, fire a round into the air and then shoot a student.

"It was kind of shocking when I saw it happening," he said.

Several people said that math teacher David Benke then charged and tackled the gunman as he got off a second shot.

To be clear here, it was a bolt-action .30-06 that the 32 year old stole from his father. He's crazy. The guy has been hearing voices for some time. :(

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