January 15, 2014 2:31 pm -

The suspect in the school shooting in Rosewell, New Mexico is 12 years old.

Nathaniel Tavarez, 11 remained in critical condition Wednesday morning at University Medical Center after undergoing two surgeries on Tuesday. Kendal Sanders, 12, was in satisfactory condition, Eric Finley, spokesman for the University Medical Center, told the Los Angeles Times.

Tavarez was shot in the face and neck and Sanders in the shoulder in the shotgun attack that took place before the first school bell at Berrendo Middle School, scattering students.

“The girl is obviously in better shape,” said Finley. “We don’t know if she’ll go home tomorrow or later this week.”…

“I walked into the gym and heard the bangs, but I thought it was a joke – people pop bags in school all the time,” Blas Mendez, 14, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. “I didn’t think it was a gun until I heard all the screaming and crying.”…

The 14-year-old Blas, in an interview with The Times, said he knew the suspect, who, he said, had warned friends and cousins not to go to the gym that morning. “He told them to go to the cafeteria instead,” Blas said.

He said the boy also warned of his attack on social media Sunday, two days before the shooting. Blas showed a post under the suspect’s online nickname that read, “Tomorrow will be the first Monday that will be fun for me lol never thot I’d say that.” However, it turned out the school was closed Monday because of plumbing problems.

D.B. Hirsch
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