Colorado school shooting

By Veronica Rocha, Emanuella Grinberg and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 2139 GMT (0539 HKT) May 8, 2019
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4:43 p.m. ET, May 8, 2019

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4:43 p.m. ET, May 8, 2019

STEM School shooter will return to court Friday

School shooter Devon Erickson is scheduled to return to court Friday when charges are formally filed.

Erickson, 18, did not enter a plea during his court appearance Wednesday, and a bond was not discussed as formal charges have not been filed.

Erickson is being held on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder after deliberation and 29 counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation.

Erickson will remain in custody until his court appearance Friday.

4:25 p.m. ET, May 8, 2019

School shooter makes first court appearance

Devon Erickson, who police said is one of two suspects in the STEM School shooting, appeared in court Wednesday and kept his head lowered for much of the hearing.

The court appearance is ongoing, but prosecutors argued for more time before filing charges to allow the investigation to continue. Prosecutors said they expect to file charges on Monday.

Erickson, who spoke only when spoken to directly by the judge, was ordered to not contact any victims of the shooting. He was also told he must not posses firearms or any other weapons.

The Douglas County Judicial Department has not confirmed whether the other suspect, a female juvenile, will have a court appearance.

4:27 p.m. ET, May 8, 2019

Father of student victim: My son was selfless. "It got him killed, but he saved others."

From CNN’s Scott McLean


The father of a student who was killed Tuesday when he rushed a shooter at STEM School Highlands Ranch said his son saved others because he was selfless.

 “Be selfless, that's what my son was, and it got him killed, but he saved others,” John Castillo said of his son, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo.

John told CNN shortly after the shooting, he and his wife Maria were frantically tying to reach Kendrick on his cell phone, and they were getting more concerned when he wasn’t responding.

“I was a little bit guilty, because as I was trying to call him I thought well maybe this is the wrong thing? Maybe I am putting his life in jeopardy by having the phone ring," John said. "My anxiety and the lump in my chest was growing.”  

At the reunification center, John said buses were coming in with children and they were watching the parents reunite with their kids "and we didn’t have that." 

John, who is the robotics coach for the school’s team which his son was on, said students kept coming up to them and saying Kendrick saved lives.

"One of the kids told me ‘like a flash, he jumped up.’ She said, ‘You know he’s a hero he saved me, he jumped up and he ran. You couldn’t even see how fast he was running, out the door and after this person to tackle him,’” John said.

His parents were not surprised to hear their son ran into a dangerous situation. “We raised him to be good,” John said. 

“Because of what he did, others are alive, and I thank God for that. I love him. And he is a hero and always will be. But there’s another part of you that wishes he just turned and ran, retreated, hid. Did something to put himself our of harms way, if that was possible. But we know Kendrick,” John said. “It’s no surprise that if danger was facing him he would approach it and take it on.” 

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3:50 p.m. ET, May 8, 2019

Aspiring Marine helped stop STEM School shooter 

From CNN’s Andrea Diaz

Brendan Bialy, a student and current poolee in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, assisted in subduing one of the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooters, the United States Marine Corps confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

"Brendan’s courage and commitment to swiftly ending this tragic incident at the risk of his own safety is admirable and inspiring. His decisive actions resulted in the safety and protection of his teachers and fellow classmates," the statement said. 

Bialy is scheduled to ship to recruit training this summer, according to the statement.

1:48 p.m. ET, May 8, 2019

Trump thanks first responders for "bravely intervening" in shooting

President Trump just tweeted about Tuesday's deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado and thanked for first responders for "bravely intervening."

"Our Nation grieves at the unspeakable violence that took a precious young life and badly injured others in Colorado," he tweeted.

11:44 a.m. ET, May 8, 2019

18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed while rushing the Colorado school shooter

From CNN’s Sara Weisfeldt and Scott McLean

The parents of 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo confirm that the high school senior was the student killed in Tuesday’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

He died a hero: A witness in the classroom tells CNN that Castillo was shot while rushing a shooter and credited Castillo with saving several lives.

10:48 a.m. ET, May 8, 2019

The school's private security guard ran towards the shooting and was "instrumental" in stopping it

From CNN’s Scott McLean

The armed private security guard hired to work at the STEM School was the first to confront one of the shooting suspects, according to Grant Whitus, COO of Boss High Level Protection, the company contracted to protect the school. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Tony Spurlock said the school does not have a school resource officer. 

The security officer, is a former Marine now in his late 20’s or early 30’s Whitus said. He also worked as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy for about three years, before transiting to the private sector.  

Whitus said he spoke to the security officer last night about his well being, but not directly about the case, "he’s very anxious, he feels it was his responsibility to stop the whole thing and he couldn’t do it, but you have a school a half a city block long."

"He’s a very good guy," he added. "He’s wishing he could have done more.” 

The officer was not injured. 

Whitus said there was an alert on the intercom that security was needed in a certain area, and the officer ran right there and confronted one of the shooters as they were coming out of a room. The suspect had a gun in their hand when the security guard approached them. The officer drew his weapon and took the suspect into custody, and turned them over to deputies, Whitus said.

Whitus described his officer as "instrumental" in stopping the shooting, and said if he wasn't there, "countless lives would have been lost."

9:53 a.m. ET, May 8, 2019

The school had an armed private security guard on site

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said this morning that the STEM school does not have a resource officer, but it had hired an armed private security guard. 

This armed private security officer was on campus at the time of the shooting, but he described the layout of the school as "extensive."

Spurlock said the two suspects entered through the northeast side of the campus, entering through the middle school. There are no metal detectors, he added.