School Shooting in Roswell, NM, Critically Injures at Least Two Teens

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A suspected school shooter is in custody after opening fire at a middle school and critically injuring at least two teenagers in Roswell, N.M., according to police.

There were preliminary reports of injury, according to New Mexico State Police, however a spokesman said the extent, including the number of possible victims, was unknown.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News there were two victims in the shooting at Berrendo Middle School. The Eastern New Mexico Medical Center confirmed it treated two patients, who were then air lifted to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, located about 175 miles from the middle school.

A spokesperson for UMC said the patients, a 14 year old boy and a 13 year old girl, are both in critical condition.

PHOTOS: The Scene Outside Berrendo Middle School

After the scene was secure this morning, students were bused from the school to Roswell Mall where police said parents will be allowed to pick up their children. Authorities asked parents to stay away from the school during the ongoing investigation.

The Roswell incident is the latest school shooting to rattle the country. It comes one month after a gunman open fired at Arapahoe High School in Colorado.

Police said Karl Pierson, 18, who was armed with a shotgun, machete and had Molotov cocktails in his backpack, was intent on seeking "revenge" on the school's debate team instructor who had dropped him from the team.

Pierson came upon senior Claire Davis, 17, while looking for his intended target. He critically wounded the high school senior before police said he took his own life.

Davis died on Dec. 21 from her injuries.

The Arapahoe shooting also took place on the eve of the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people - most of them first graders - were killed.

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