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SPARKS, Nev. -- Police say it was a student who opened fire at a Nevada middle school today, killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children.



The suspected gunman also is dead, but authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement, though more than 150 officers responded.



The shooting erupted outside Sparks Middle School shortly before classes began this morning. Two other students were critically injured in the incident. They were both taken to a nearby hospital, where one is out of surgery. Police say the other as doing well.



Students from the middle school and next door elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled. At the evacuation center, parents walked with their arms around their children, some of whom were in tears.



The city of Sparks lies just east of Reno.


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