1 suspect identified in deadly Colorado school shooting

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver school where two gunmen opened fire, killing a teenager and wounding eight others, will be closed for the remainder of the week.

Douglas County School District officials made the announcement in an email Tuesday night and said crisis counselors would be available to all STEM School Highlands Ranch students, staff and families at a nearby church Wednesday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Tuesday that 18-year-old Devon Erickson was taken into custody after the shooting. The other suspect is a juvenile whose name has not been released.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock says the gunmen were both students at the public charter school, which has more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades.

Tuesday’s email called on the community to support one another in the coming days, weeks and months, adding, “We are a united family. … Together, we will get through this difficult time.”

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