School Shooting in Sparks, Nevada Reveals a Hero

There’s been another tragic school shooting, this time in Nevada.

Two people are confirmed dead, while two others have been injured.

The two dead include a popular math teacher and the shooter himself, who was a student at the middle school and took his own life.

The police were alerted of shots fired early this morning, around 7:15 am, outside the school building at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada. Between 150 – 200 officers responded to the call, and the two other adjacent schools were evacuated.

13-year-old student Kyle Nucum told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he watched the shooting happen.

“We were at the basketball court and we heard a pop, like a loud pop, and everybody was screaming and the teacher came to investigate – I thought it was a firecracker at first, but the student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down and the student fired a shot at the teacher and the teacher fell and everybody ran away. And we ran across the field to get somewhere safe and while we were running we heard about four or five more shots and we just got somewhere safe. This lady let us into her house.”

schoolshooting3While no motive has been found yet, local authorities believe that the teacher who was killed, Michael Landsberry, was killed while trying to protect a group of students. “In my estimation, he is a hero. We do know he was trying to intervene,” Reno police Deputy Chief Tom Robinson said.

It came as no surprise to Michael Landsberry’s family that the Sparks Middle School math teacher is being called a hero for trying to get a student to put his gun down before being shot and killed.

“To hear he was trying to protect those kids, that he stepped up and tried to stop the situation, doesn’t surprise me at all,” said Chanda Landsberry, who is married to Michael’s brother younger brother, Reggie. “He could have ducked and hid, but he didn’t. That’s not who he is… He was trained to help.”

A former Marine, the 45-year-old Landsberry was also a member of the Nevada Army National Guard.

Our thoughts and especially our prayers go out to the families of all those involved in this terrible incident.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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