All Sheridan schools will reopen Thursday following parking lot shooting that wounded Denver student

Posted at 10:05 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 18:21:58-04

SHERIDAN, Colo. – All schools in the Sheridan school district will reopen Thursday following a Tuesday night shooting in the Sheridan High School parking lot that injured a Denver Public School student.

Officials had canceled classes District-wide Wednesday as police searched for the suspect, who police said they had positively identified. However, the suspect remains on the run.

Sheridan police said Wednesday morning that the juvenile male victim was stable after undergoing surgery at an area hospital. Police said he and the suspect know one another.

Police said the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal fight when the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim around 7:44 p.m. Tuesday.

The school was temporarily locked down after the shooting, as there was a volleyball game going on inside at the time.

In a statement sent to parents late Tuesday evening, officials with Sheridan School District 2 said all schools would be closed Wednesday in the wake of the shooting. The full statement is below:

"All Sheridan School District schools will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 9) in the wake of an incident this evening on the grounds at Sheridan High School. We are working closely with the Sheridan Police Department to investigate this incident,which involved a shooting. Unfortunately, we understand tonight that at least one student--not a Sheridan student, but a student from a neighboring district--was injured. We believe this to be an isolated incident. However, as safety remains our top priority, all schools will be closed tomorrow."