ROSWELL, NM - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a 12-year-old who shot two classmates in a Roswell middle school was stopped by a teacher who walked up to him and asked him to put down his shotgun.
Martinez says one student, an 11-year-old boy, was critically injured and another, a 13-year-old girl, is in stable condition following Tuesday morning's shooting at Berrendo Middle School.
The boy underwent a second surgery on Wednesday morning.
State police say the shooter was a 12-year-old seventh grader.
Martinez says the student walked into the gym where students were gathered for class and shot a boy and a girl.
She says a teacher "quickly stopped" the suspect by walking up to him and asking him to put down the firearm, which he did. The boy was taken into custody.
The governor says a staff member received very minor injuries but declined medical care because he wanted to stay and help.
New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said that the shooter used a .22-gauge shotgun. He says they're investigating where he got the gun and have issued search warrants for the boy's home and his bag and locker.