A TEACHER is dead after an 11-year-old student opened fire in a primary school in Mexico injuring at least six others.
The sixth-grade child shooter, who arrived at the school with two firearms, appears to have killed himself, according to the mayor of Torreon.
A gun lies beside the crumpled body of the child shooter at a school in Torreón, Mexico[/caption]
A victim is stretchered away from the scene of the deadly shooting[/caption]
The youngster, named as Jose Angel Ramos, was wearing a T-shirt from video game Natural Selection and opened fire – killing 50-year-old teacher Maria Saf Medina.
Coahuila state governor Miguel Angel Riquelme believes the boy was influenced by the game where human “space marines” kill aliens.
He said: “It’s a very violent game and offers a very clear simulation of the use of high-calibre weapons.”
He added: “Unfortunately one of the teachers has lost their lives as well as the pupil who killed her.
“Six people have been injured, five pupils and a PE teacher. We regret what’s occurred in such a prestigious institution as this school.
“The early indications are that the boy behind the shooting asked for permission to go to the toilet after entering his classroom around 8.20am and that the teacher went to look for him after he hadn’t returned about 15 minutes later.
“That’s when she came across the boy coming out of the toilets with two guns and firing at her and injuring six other pupils. He subsequently shot himself.”
At least five students, including a seven-year-old and an eight-year-old, and another teacher, 40, are also among the wounded.
“INFLUENCED BY VIDEO GAME”
He added: “It appears the boy may have been influenced by a video game called Natural Selection. That name was written on the bottom of the T-shirt the boy had on.
“We have to wait for the Attorney General’s office to finish its investigation into the weapons the youngster was carrying and how he got hold of it and what his family environment was.
“What we’ve been told so far is that he lived with his grandparents and that his mum died some years ago.
“We will be looking at his family environment and his relationship with other pupils.
“The information we have so far is that he wasn’t a problematic boy and his behaviour was good but that he told some pupils before the attack: ‘Today is the day’.”
Two of the injured kids are fighting for their lives, reports news outlet Milenio.
It appears he arrived at school with two weapons and shot his teacher before shooting himself
Local mayor Jorge Zermeno
Local mayor Jorge Zermeno said the child killer was aged 11 and lived with his grandma.
Zermeno added police were hunting for the boy’s parents who are reportedly separated.
Grisly pictures which Sun Online has chosen not to publish show two dead bodies lying bloodied on the floor near an entrance to the school.
The mayor said “it appears” the boy killed himself after shooting the teacher dead.
He said: “It’s very sad what has happened.
“I don’t want to speculate on anything and the incident is still under investigation but it appears the youngster had some sort of problem and lived with his grandma…
“It appears he arrived at school with two weapons and shot his teacher before shooting himself.”
He later added: “Although he must have had some sort of problem, the school say he was a normal boy with good marks and no outward signs of any behavioural issues.
“It’s terrible that a youngster aged 11 can go into his school with two guns and do what he did.”
Governor Riquelme said the child gunman could have been influenced by a violent video game.
He said: “The boy was wearing a T-Shirt from the video game Natural Selection.
“It’s a very violent game and offers a very clear simulation of the use of high-calibre weapons.”
Armed cops at the scene of the shooting involving an 11-year-old boy[/caption]
People gather outside the school in Mexico after a young boy opened fire killing at least one person[/caption]
A woman appears emotional outside the school in northern Mexico[/caption]