Two Dead, Two Wounded in School Shooting in Sparks Middle School in Nevada … 12 Year Old Gun Man Dead … Hero Math Teacher & Former Marine Michael Landsberry Killed Saving Children
HERO OF THE DAY, US MARINE MICHAEL LANDSBERRY, SEMPER FI …
Shots were fired from a semiautomatic handgun at 7:16 a.m. at the Sparks Middle School in Nevada just before classes got underway. The gunman was a 12 year old boy. Two boys were wounded, a teacher and the shooter are dead. Michael Landsberry, a 45 year old 8th grade math teacher and former US Marine is being hailed as a hero as he was fatally shot trying to shield children from the shooter as the teacher tried told the boy to put the gun down. However, the gun went off killing Michael Landsberry. The unidentified shooter then took his own life. The hero, Michael Landsberry, is survived by his wife, Sharon, and two of her children from a previous relationship.
Sadly, how does a Marine survive two tours in Afghanistan, only to be killed by a 12 year old school boy? To a true American hero … Rest in Peace.
HERO - Michael Landsberry, Rest in Peace
A mathematics teacher was hailed as a “hero” after being fatally shot while apparently trying to shield students from a 12-year-old boy who opened fire at a Nevada middle school on Monday.
The slain teacher was identified by his brother as Michael Landsberry, 45, a former Marine and a member of the Nevada Air National Guard who celebrated his wedding anniversary last Friday.
Authorities suggested that Landsberry tried to protect students, but stressed they were still investigating. Two boys were wounded before the shooter took his own life at Sparks Middle School, east of Reno. The Associated Press reported that the incident was witnessed by 20 or 30 children.
“We have a lot of heroes today, including our children … and our fallen hero, an amazing teacher,” Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez said.
“A kid started getting mad and he pulled out a gun and shoots my friend, one of my friends at least,” a seventh-grade student identified as Andrew Thompson told local television station KOLO. “And then he walked up to a teacher and says back up. The teacher started backing up and he pulled the trigger.”
“The teacher was just lying there and he was limp,” he told KOLO. “And me and five other friends went to him and said ‘come on, we’ve got to get him to safety.’ We picked him up, carried him a little bit far and we left him because our vice principal came along and said ‘go, go, go, get to safety, get to safety.’ So we left the teacher there and we went to safety.”
It came as no surprise to Michael Landsberry’s family that the Sparks Middle School math teacher is being called a hero for trying to get a student to put his gun down before being shot and killed.
“To hear he was trying to protect those kids, that he stepped up and tried to stop the situation, doesn’t surprise me at all,” said Chanda Landsberry, who is married to Michael’s brother younger brother, Reggie. “He could have ducked and hid, but he didn’t. That’s not who he is.”
“He was trained to help.”
UPDATE III: VIDEO – Police press conference.