School shooting suspect faces charges


ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Mason Campbell, the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, which are third-degree felony charges. The charges were filed in the Fifth Judicial District Court in Chaves County.

Police say Campbell walked into the school’s gym around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and fired shots at the ceiling, floor and bleachers, hitting two students.

A 13-year-old girl, Kendal Sanders, is in stable condition at a Texas hospital while an 11-year-old boy is still in critical condition.

At a news conference Wednesday, police Chief Pete Kassetas said the shooting was planned, but that the victims were chosen randomly.

Police say Campbell, 12, brought a 20-gauge shotgun owned by his parents with him in a bag to the school and shot three rounds.

A motive for the shooting is still unknown.

All classes were canceled at Berrendo Middle School on Wednesday, but they will resume Thursday.

Campbell is being detained at the a psychiatric hospital in Albuquerque. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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