February 24, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The man suspected of shooting two students at a Littleton, Colorado, middle school was identified as 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, authorities said Wednesday.
Eastwood was arrested after the incident Tuesday at Deer Creek Middle School and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder, the sheriff’s office said.
He is accused of shooting two students as classes were letting out at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
David Benke, a 6-foot-5 former college basketball player who is a math teacher and track coach, tackled the suspected gunman as he was preparing to fire again, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.
“[The shooter] was trying to rack another round,” Benke told the station. “I knew he couldn’t get another round in before I got to him, so I grabbed him.”