School shooting suspect faces charges

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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.

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