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Teen shoots two at New Mexico middle school

3:30 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody Tuesday following a shooting at a Roswell, N.M., middle school that left at least two teenagers badly injured.

A 14-year-old boy, listed in critical condition, and 13-year-old girl, in serious condition, were transported to a Lubbock, Texas, hospital, according to a University Medical Center spokesperson.

The suspect was taken into custody in connection with the shooting at Berrendo Middle School, KOB-TV reports, quoting an unidentified source close to the investigation.

The shooting occurred in the gym, said a student witness, the Associated Press reported. The wounded boy was shot twice in the face, and the girl once in an arm.

She said she believed that the shooter was being bullied.

Information from nurses treating the 14-year-old boy indicates he was the shooter's target, said hospital spokesman Eric Finley said, AP added.

Roswell police said the incident occurred around 8:11 a.m. local time. The school was quickly locked down. Police said children were bused to a nearby mall, where parents could pick up them up.

Sixth-grade student Anyssa Vegara said she was talking to a security guard when she heard a shot.

"I turned around, and all I saw was someone on the floor with their arm bleeding," Anyssa told the Journal.

She said the security guard ran to assist the injured student, and school officials ordered all the students to their classrooms.

Eventually, she was able to text her mother, Monica Vegara.

"From the time hearing about it until the time she texted, it was a nightmare," Monica Vegara said.

Roswell has been rocked by gang violence in recent years and has asked Homeland Security Investigations to step in and help.

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