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This shocking footage shows a pupil gunning down at least three students and a teacher when he opened fire on his classmates at a high school in northern Mexico.
The boy, named as Federico Guevara, fired at fellow pupils in the Northeastern College in the city of Monterrey yesterday before dying from injuries after he turned the gun on himself, officials confirmed.
Local television footage showed ambulances and police outside the college, named the Colegio Americano del Noreste.
Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Aldo Fasci said the 15-year-old middle-school student shot four people – a teacher and three students – before turning the gun on himself.
Fasci said a school video showed the male middle-school student first shot the 24-year-old teacher, then shot a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy in the head, and a 15-year-old classmate in the arm. He then pointed the gun at classmates before shooting himself in the head.
“In the video, you can see the minor take out the gun, shoot the teacher and then another child. He is there for a while, pointing at other students, and a few minutes later he opens fire. We have no motive yet.”
Fasci said the wounded all had vital signs but were in extremely serious condition. He added the motive was still under investigation.
However, civil protection official Oscar Aboytes told AFP the injury toll was eight, saying: “A minor entered and fired at several of his companions. There are three dead and five injured.”
Mexican media, citing local sources, had earlier reported the student was just 12 years old.
The website of the American School of the Northeast says it offers bilingual education for students from preschool through ninth grade.
It was unclear how the student got the gun into the school.
Mexico had once had a program that checked book bags at school entrances, but in many places it has fallen into disuse.
Fasci said “this had never happened” in the state before and said the motive was still under investigation.
He said the shooter was being treated for depression and had brought a .22 caliber firearm from home, and attributed it to “the situation that is happening everywhere”.
“The children have access to the internet. This has happened in other countries. There was a reason why book bags were checked. I think we are going to have to start doing it again.”
Mexico suffers regular gang violence but so far nothing appeared to indicate that the school shooting was gang-related.
The deadly rampage came as the northeastern state of Quintana Roo, hundreds of miles from Monterrey, reeled from two shootings, thought to be linked to gangs or drug dealers, that left nine people dead.
In 2014, 43 students from a teacher training college in southern Mexico went missing and are believed dead.
2017.01.19 / 16:24