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Update: 2 Teens Badly Wounded In N.M. Middle School Shooting

3:09 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
Students are reunited with family following a shooting at Berrendo Middle School on Jan. 14, 2014, in Roswell, N.M.(Photo: Mark Wilson, AP)
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Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

ROSWELL, N.M.--  A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday following a shooting at a Roswell, N.M., middle school that left at least two teenagers badly injured.

A 14-year-old boy, listed in critical condition, and 13-year-old girl, in serious condition, were transported to a Lubbock, Texas hospital, according to a University Medical Center spokesperson.

A 13 year old boy was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, KOB-TV reports, quoting an unidentified source close to the investigation

Information from nurses treating the 14-year-old boy indicates he was the shooter's target, hospital spokesman Eric Finley said, according to the Associated Press reported.

Lorena Beltran told the Albuquerque Journal her daughter, who attends the school, said a male student was shot in the face.

Roswell police said the incident occurred around 8:11 a.m. local time at Berrendo Middle School. The school was quickly locked down. Police said children were bused to a nearby mall, where parents could pick up them up.

Sixth-grade student Anyssa Vegara said she was talking to a security guard when she heard a shot.

"I turned around, and all I saw was someone on the floor with their arm bleeding," Vegara told the Journal.

She said the security guard ran to assist the injured student, and school officials ordered all the students to their classrooms.

Eventually, she was able to text her mother, Monica Vegara.

"From the time hearing about it until the time she texted, it was a nightmare," Monica Vegara said.

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