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One Dead, Multiple Injured In U.S. School Shooting

Two people were taken into custody Tuesday after a shooting left several students injured at a Denver high school, authorities said.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said eight students were injured and seven were in critical condition. He said the victims' ages ranged from 15 years old and up.

Students get off buses after being evacuated to the Recreation Center at Northridge. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

One student died.

"The immediate family has been notified," the sheriff wrote online.

The coroner has not identified the 18-year-old victim.

The school is located approximately eight miles from Columbine High School in neighbouring Jefferson County.

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Students evacuated STEM School Highlands Ranch and were bussed to a parking lot at a nearby recreation centre to be picked up by their parents. The charter school teaches from kindergarten up to high school.

Police said two male suspects were taken into custody and they do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting. They believe one suspect is a juvenile and one is an adult.

In a Tuesday evening news conference, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock declined to offer further details until the two suspects were "positively identified."

Parents speak with a police officer at the scene of the shooting. Photo: Tom Cooper/Getty Images

Spurlock said deputies recovered a handgun from the suspects but wouldn't comment further on weapons used in the attack. He said police were working with the local district attorney to obtain search warrants for the homes and vehicles of both suspects.

The crime scene is being managed by FBI crime scene unit, Spurlock said, adding that members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Department of Homeland Security are assisting.