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Law enforcement personnel gather at the scene of a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. A student at the school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police and the victim's family members said. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUT

Law enforcement personnel gather at the scene of a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. A student at the school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police and the victim's family members said. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUT

In this photo provided by Jerry Davis, police gather near Sparks Middle School after a shooting at the school, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Reno, Nev. A student at the school opened fire on campus, killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, police said Monday. The suspected gunman is also dead, and authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jerry Davis)

In this photo provided by Jerry Davis, police gather near Sparks Middle School after a shooting at the school, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Reno, Nev. A student at the school opened fire on campus, killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children, police said Monday. The suspected gunman is also dead, and authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jerry Davis)

Police confirm that Nevada middle school gunman was 12

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:08 PM

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The student who wounded two classmates and killed a teacher and then himself on a Nevada middle school campus was 12 years old.

Authorities say they're withholding the Sparks Middle School student's name out of respect for his family. But Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras released the seventh-grader's age at a news conference Tuesday.

District police say the boy brought the weapon used in the Monday morning spree from home. They're still working to determine how he obtained the 9mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun.

Police say the boy's parents are cooperating with them and could face charges in the case.

Also at the new conference, police lauded the actions of 45-year-old math teacher and former Marine Michael Landsberry. They say he tried to stop the rampage before he was fatally shot in the chest.

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