By Shaley Sanders
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two young victims remain hospitalized at University Medical Center in Lubbock following a school shooting in New Mexico.
The shooting happened at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, about three hours west of Lubbock. Authorities said the shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Two students, an 11-year-old male and a 13-year-old female, were airlifted to UMC Tuesday afternoon.
UMC hospital officials said the 11-year-old male is still listed in critical condition as of Wednesday night. The female, according to officials, has improved from serious to satisfactory condition and is out of surgery.
At an afternoon press conference, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez said the gunman, only identified as a 12-year-old, walked into the school's gymnasium where school employees and students were waiting for classes to begin.
That's when Martinez said the gunman opened fire, injuring a school employee and the two students who are now at UMC.
Martinez said the school employee received minor injuries and declined medical treatment so he could care for the students.
Roswell police said that a school employee approached the gunman and asked him to put his weapon away, which police believe to be a shotgun. They said the gunman surrendered at that point.
"I can stand here and tell you that in the 10 seconds that transpired from the time of this shooting until the teacher had control of the weapon there was no cowardice; it was protection for our kids," said Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Tom Burris at the press conference.
Those impacted by this shooting have asked for prayers as the students recover from their injuries.
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