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Douglas County, Colorado - 8 May 2019
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheriff Tony Spurlock, Douglas County, Colorado
"Our hearts are hurting. For them and I ask the community to come together as we always do here in Douglas County and be strong and pray for the family of the child that was lost and the other eight who were injured and still suffering from their injuries. And then the other remaining almost eighteen hundred kids that were at the school that had to be a part of this terrible tragedy."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheriff Tony Spurlock, Douglas County, Colorado
"We have an adult male that we sent out information on yesterday in custody at the Douglas County Jail. We originally thought that we had a juvenile male in custody but through our interviews yesterday late afternoon determined that we have a juvenile female that is in custody right now, who is the other suspect."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheriff Tony Spurlock, Douglas County, Colorado
"All of the victims that were shot have been released except for three children that are still in intensive care and at area hospitals.
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Jared Polis, (D) Colorado
" You know, as a father of two young children I can hardly even imagine the horror and the grief that the families must be feeling. And of course our prayers are for the complete recovery of the remaining victims. Truly the heart of all Coloradans goes out to those affected in the school community, here and elsewhere."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) George Brauchler, District Attorney
"This is not who we are and my concern is as this thing gets reported outside the borders of this state and across the country because of the things we've talked about, this becomes how people view us. This is not who we are, we are exactly what the governor said. We are resilient people, but the time for resilience isn't going to be within the first 24 hours of this. We're going to mourn. We're going to weep. We're going to take care of those who are down and pick ourselves back up, but who we are is we are a kind, compassionate, caring people. And this does not define us it won't today and it won't tomorrow. These are aberrant acts."
Authorities say the two students accused of killing a classmate in a shooting at a school in suburban Denver used at least two handguns in the attack.
Douglas County Tony Spurlock said the suspects had a "number of weapons" in Tuesday's shooting but he would not release details. However, he said they included two handguns which he said they were not old enough to buy or own.
Eight other students were wounded in the shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. Spurlock said three were intensive care.
Authorities on Tuesday identified the juvenile suspect as a boy but Spurlock on Wednesday told reporters that the juvenile suspect is a girl.
He says "we originally thought the juvenile was a male by appearance."
Spurlock declined comment when asked by reporters if the juvenile suspect is transgender.
KMGH-TV reported late Tuesday that the juvenile suspect is a transgender male in the process of transitioning from female to male.
The television station cited anonymous sources close to the investigation.
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