Student Injured in Shooting Outside Denver Middle School; At Least 43 Killed and 82 Injured at Schools So Far This Year

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One student was injured Tuesday afternoon in a shooting that unfolded outside a Denver middle school, causing the campus to go into lockdown near the end of the school day.

The incident occurred directly outside DSST: Cole Middle School at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, and one juvenile boy was transported to the hospital. Police haven’t identified a suspect.

Although the incident didn’t take place inside the school building, the crime scene included a grassy area considered to be school grounds, said a spokesman at DSST Public Schools, a charter school network formerly known as the Denver School of Science and Technology. Although the victim was identified as a Denver public school student, the DSST spokesman declined to specify whether the victim attended Cole.

The DSST spokesman said additional security measures were put in place at the school on Wednesday, but classes resumed as normal.

In 2018, at least 43 people have been killed and 82 have been injured due to shootings on school property. Learn more about each incident with our interactive map:

This map includes school shootings that took place on campus where a person was injured or killed. Incidents resulting in injury are labeled blue, while incidents resulting in death are labeled red. The most recent incident is indicated with a larger icon. Click on the icons to see details about each incident.

Behind the numbers:

Nationally, nearly 1,300 children (17 years old and younger) die from gunshot wounds each year and 5,790 are treated for injuries, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. While unintentional firearm deaths and homicides of children have decreased in recent years, suicides have spiked.

Among child gun deaths between 2012 and 2014, 53 percent were homicides, 38 percent were suicides, and 6 percent were unintentional.

Less than 3 percent of youth homicides and less than 1 percent of youth suicides occur at school, according to a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics.

If we’ve missed a school incident you think should be included in our coverage, please send an email to info@the74million.org, and bookmark this page for the latest reports of incidents involving the discharging of a firearm on school property that results in a wound or fatality.

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