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Suspected gunman in Colorado school shooting faces 48 criminal charges

2019-05-15

Devon Erickson, accused in the school shooting, appears at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colorado on May 8 (Joe Amon/AP)

One of the two Colorado teenagers accused of carrying out the mass shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, which left one dead and eight injured, is facing 48 criminal charges, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, arson and theft.

The charges against Devon Erickson, 18, appeared on online court records Wednesday, the same day he and 16-year-old Alec McKinney were scheduled to appear in court.

It was not clear what charges McKinney faces because the juvenile’s court documents were not made public. District Attorney George Brauchler is expected to announce whether he will charge McKinney, whose legal name is Maya McKinney but who goes by Alec and uses male pronouns, as an adult.

Both teens were arrested on May 7 immediately after the shooting at the Highlands Ranch school. Officials have not yet made clear a motive for the attack.

A memorial honoring student killed will also take place Wednesday at the Cherry Hills Community Church, just a few hours after the two suspects will appear in Douglas County court.

Witnesses said Kendrick Castillo, 18, charged at one of the shooters and was able to take the weapon.

Classmate Brendan Bialy described Castillo as jumping into action “with complete disregard for his own safety.”

“Tomorrow is going to be about celebrating the life of Kendrick Castillo, just an incredible young man. And we want to honor him and celebrate his life," pastor Dan Demey told Fox31.

The eight injured students have since been released from the hospital.

With News Wire Services