Colorado teen who plans to become Marine tackled suspected shooter, father says



Sheriff Tony Spurlock said one of the Colorado STEM school shooting suspect is a female, correcting his statement from an earlier press conference.


A Colorado teen whose father says he plans to join the Marines is being praised as a hero for tackling a suspected gunman at the suburban Denver high school where a shooting broke out Tuesday.

Brendan Bialy and other students helped stop one of the suspected shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch, his father Brad told NBC News and The New York Times.

According to Bialy, his son told him he was in class when a suspected shooter pulled a gun out of a guitar case. Brendan and other students tried to tackle the gunman but one of the boys was shot in the chest, Bialy told the New York Times.

Student Nui Giasolli told NBC’s “Today” show that multiple students jumped at the shooter, including the student who was fatally shot. 

“They were very heroic,” she said of the students who confronted the shooter. “I can’t thank them enough.”

Bialy told NBC News that his son and others disarmed the gunman.

The senior in high school plans to join the Marine Corps once he graduates, NBC reports.

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USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for the Bialy family for comment.

Two suspects are in custody after one student was killed and eight others injured in the shooting. The male student who died was 18 years old, but officials had not yet released his name Wednesday morning.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said one suspect is a “female juvenile” after police originally identified the teen as male. The other was identified by police as Devon Erickson, 18.

More: Second suspect in Colorado school shooting is a girl, sheriff says

Spurlock told reporters Wednesday that at least one student encountered a suspect during the shooting but did not say more. 

“We’re going to hear about very heroic things that have taken place at the school,” Spurlock said.

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Contributing: The Associated Press.

Follow USA TODAY’s Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller


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