Sacto 9-1-1
October 22, 2013
Police decline to release name of 12-year-old Sparks school shooter

Landsberry Michael Master Sgt.jpg2013102_ha_SPARKS_SHOOTING0053.JPGBy Kim Minguh

SPARKS, Nev. -- Sparks police said today they have no plans to release the name of the 12-year-old boy who opened fire at a middle school Monday "out of respect for his grieving parents."

"They are grieving parents and are going through a very challenging, difficult time," said Deputy Chief Tom Miller.

Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle School left a popular math teacher, Michael Landsberry, dead and two 12-year-old students wounded. They are in stable condition and expected to survive.

View a photo gallery: Sparks Middle School shooting
Previous coverage: Student kills teacher, wounds two others in Nevada before killing himself

The gunman, identified only as a seventh grader, died after turning the gun on himself.

Miller said the student used a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the attack, which occurred about 7:15 a.m. in an outdoor hallway and on the basketball courts. No shooting occurred in the school building.

Miller said the police are still tracing the gun's origins, but that the boy took the gun from his family's home. Asked whether his parents could face criminal charges, Miller said that is a question for local prosecutors but that "the potential is there."

As for a motive in the shooting - and whether the victims were specifically targeted for any reason - Miller said police are still investigating.

"Everybody wants to know why - that's the big question," Miller said. "The answer is, we don't know right now but we are proactively trying to determine why."

A multifaith prayer service has been scheduled for Thursday night at the Sparks Church of the Nazarene, and a fund has been set up for donations to benefit the victims and their families.

To donate: visit the Community Foundation of Western Nevada's website at or call (775) 333-5499.

PHOTO: Sparks teacher Michael Landsberry was a master sergeant in the Nevada Guard. He deployed to Kuwait in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2011.

PHOTO: Sparks deputy police chief Tom Miller said his department will not release 12-year-old alleged shooter's name out of respect for his family during a press conference about Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 in Sparks, Nev. Michael Landsberry, a 45-year-old eighth-grade math teacher was officially identified as the victim killed on Monday. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.

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