Middle school teacher stops gunman 


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    A Colorado middle school teacher is to thank for stopping what could have been a catastrophe.


     

     

     

     

     

     

    A Colorado middle school teacher is to thank for stopping what could have been a catastrophe.

     
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    Associated Press reports that David Benke tackled a gunman toting a hunting rifle as he stalked through a parking lot at Deer Creek Middle School, shooting at students. The sniper, identified as Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, had already wounded two students when David and another teacher restrained him.


     
    "Unfortunately he got another round off before I could grab him," David said. "He figured out that he wasn’t going to be able to get another round chambered before I got to him so he dropped the gun and then we were kind of struggling around trying to get him subdued."


     
    Thankfully, both injured students have survived, but one of them is in critical condition at The Children’s Hospital. The other victim was allowed to go home.


     
    The incident occurred in Littleton, Colorado, where the Columbine High School shootings took place about 11 years ago. Police don’t know what drove Bruco to start firing at students, but he has criminal history dating back to 1996. Authorities believe he may also suffer from mental issues.


     
    David, who was monitoring the school parking lot Tuesday afternoon, was alerted to the shooting when he heard what he first thought were firecrackers exploding. When the teacher asked the gunman why he targeted the students, the shooter did not offer a coherent answer.

     

     

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