Colorado’s STEM school shooting suspects makes court appearances

Two suspects of the recent Colorado school shooting, which killed 1 and injured 8, made first appearances Wednesday in court and neither were formally charged.

Both the students, 18-year-old Devon Erickson and 16-year-old Alec McKinney, are again scheduled to appear on Friday afternoon.

A source said the two handguns, had been legally purchased, used in the shooting were taken by Erickson from his parents.

In most of his hearing Erickson was with his head bowed, obscuring face, in the court and spoke only when directly spoken by the judge. He also signed a court document. His wrists were handcuffed.

It is yet not known whether the prosecutors will be treating the 16-year-old suspect as an adult.

Meanwhile, grieving community marked 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton in which a dozen students and a teacher were killed.

Since the 1999 shooting police has changed the way to respond such active shootings. Earlier the police didn’t enter school immediately and the SWAT teams entered after about 47 minutes.

In most of his hearing Erickson was with his head bowed, obscuring face, in the court and spoke only when directly spoken by the judge. He also signed a court document. His wrists were handcuffed.

In the latest incident police entered the STEM School Highlands Ranch immediately after getting the initial call.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school has more than 1,850 students.

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