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Student opens fire, kills teacher and wounds classmates in school shooting in Mexico

The armed student also died in the incident at a private school in northern Mexico.
Image: People react outside a private school after a boy shot a teacher and wounded several students, in Torreon
People hug outside a private school after a boy shot a teacher and wounded several students, in Torreon, Mexico, on Jan. 10, 2020.Jesus Ruiz / Reuters

MEXICO CITY — At least two people were killed at an elementary school in northern Mexico on Friday, authorities said.

Regional public security coordinator Adelaido Flores told Milenio TV that an armed student had arrived at the Colegio Cervantes in Torreon, Coahuila on Friday morning. The armed student and a teacher were the fatalities.

People gather outside the school where at least two people were killed and four injured in a shooting in the northern Mexican city of Torreon on Jan. 10, 2020.Telemundo

Five other students and another teacher were wounded, he said. It is a private school.

Flores said the call about the shooting came to authorities around 8:30 a.m.

Torreon Mayor Jorge Zermeño Infante told Milenio TV that the boy who was armed had good grades and normal behavior. He lived with his grandmother, he said.

Torreon is an industrial city with foreign assembly plants.

School shootings are rare in Mexico. Friday’s incident was reminiscent of another in January 2017 in the northern city of Monterrey. In that case, a student opened fire in a private high school. He killed a teacher and wounded two students. The shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.