school shooting in MN....


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September 24, 2003, 04:42 PM
fooey. here's the first news out....

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4116434.html


1 student shot dead, 1 in custody in Cold Spring
Associated Press

Published September 24, 2003 SKUL25

COLD SPRING, Minn. - One of two students shot late this morning at Rocori High School later died, authorities said.

The other student was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Authorities were holding a freshman in the shooting of the two male students.

During an early afternoon news conference, Cold Spring Police Chief Phil Jones would not identify either the student in custody or the two students who were shot.

Jones said police arrived on the scene about 11:40 a.m. ``Upon arriving at the school, of course, there was chaos,'' Jones said.

He said one of the students was shot in the school's weight room and the other was shot in the gym.

When police arrived, the freshman was in the custody of the school's staff in an administrative office.

Jones said the investigation was still underway, but that it appeared a well-respected, veteran teacher and coach talked the suspect into surrendering a small-caliber gun.

``There was kids crying, and it was really quiet,'' Jamie Toddingham, a junior, told KSTP-TV. ``We were sitting at a window where we could see cops everywhere.

``I was just thinking about, it could've been me.''

The name for Rocori Area School district comes from the first two letters of each of the communities it serves: Rockville, Cold Spring and Richmond.

The district serves 2,673 students in elementary, middle and high schools, and is located about 60 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said Cold Spring was a small, close-knit community.

``When something of this magnitude happens, it actually shakes the foundation of everybody that lives here,'' he said. ``This is very tragic, very sad - and we're all trying to understand why.''

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