DENVER (Reuters) – A juvenile accused of opening hearth at a Colorado faculty final month that left one scholar useless and eight others wounded sought revenge on classmates who bullied him as a result of he’s transgender, courtroom paperwork launched on Thursday confirmed.
Alec McKinney, 16, instructed police he enlisted a second scholar, Devon Erickson, 18, to assist him perform the capturing on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Both teenagers are charged with first-degree homicide and tried homicide within the May 7 rampage. Prosecutors have charged McKinney as an grownup, however his legal professionals are searching for to have his case moved to juvenile courtroom.
Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade had ordered the whole case file sealed till Thursday when she dominated that sure paperwork may very well be launched.
The pair armed themselves with three handguns and a 22-caliber rifle taken from a gun secure belonging to Erickson’s mother and father, which they broke into with an ax and a crowbar. Both teenagers had consumed cocaine earlier than the shootings, in keeping with an arrest warrant affidavit.
McKinney stated he was born feminine and was within the “pre-op transitioning part” and focused one scholar who “referred to as him names and stated he was disgusting for attempting to be a man,” the affidavit stated.
McKinney instructed police that he had deliberate the capturing for weeks and that he needed different college students to “expertise dangerous issues (and) to endure from trauma like he has needed to in his life,” the affidavit stated.
McKinney admitted that he fired two handguns right into a classroom till each firearms had been empty, police stated.
Erickson instructed police beneath questioning that two college students rushed him when he appeared within the doorway of a classroom and that when one of many college students hit him, the “abrupt influence” brought on the handgun he was wielding to discharge.
“Devon described being in shock and said that he didn’t need anybody to get shot,” the affidavit stated.
Kendrick Castillo, 18, was shot useless after witnesses instructed police that he was amongst those that charged the gunman, however it’s unclear who fired the deadly shot.
The paperwork additionally revealed that the college’s personal safety guard, who has not been publicly named, fired twice at a responding officer from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office when he noticed the muzzle of a gun seem round a nook.
The officer was not hit by the gunfire, however a bullet fired by the safety guard struck and wounded a feminine scholar in an adjoining classroom, the affidavit stated.
Editing by Bill Tarrant and Jacqueline Wong