Suspect's Family 'Heartbroken' Over NM Shooting

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ROSWELL, N.M. The family of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy who police say opened fire inside his middle school gym is heartbroken over the tragedy.

The boy's parents and grandparents issued a statement through their lawyer Wednesday, saying their thoughts and prayers are with the two children who were shot Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School.

The family says its remorse cannot be expressed in words. They added that they love the boy and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as they piece together "how this awful tragedy occurred."

Police say the shooting was planned but that the victims -- an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl -- were chosen randomly.

State police in New Mexico say they're looking into reports that some students may have been warned not to go to school yesterday at a middle school in Roswell.

Police are disputing a report from a hospital spokesman who said the injured boy was the apparent target. They say they still don't know what prompted the shooting. The state police chief says investigators are combing social media for clues.

Police say the shooting was over in 10 seconds, thanks to an eighth-grade social studies teacher. They say John Masterson immediately stepped in and talked the boy into dropping his weapon, and then held him until authorities arrived.

An attorney for the suspect's family says he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital after a hearing yesterday. No charges have been filed.

One of the injured, an 11-year-old boy, was flown to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, in critical condition. New Mexico's governor, Susana Martinez, says the boy has undergone surgery twice. She says the condition of the other victim, a 13-year-old girl, has been upgraded to satisfactory.