The pause in between each story of a new school shooting seems to be getting shorter and shorter these days. And with this week's Nevada shooting at Sparks Middle School—by the hands of a 12-year-old, no less—it's getting harder and harder to make sense of it all.
In the 24 hours since the story broke, more is being learned of the tragic events that unfolded before a 6th grade boy opened fire in his school, wounding two students and killing one teacher, before turning the gun on himself.
The teacher who lost his life in the chaotic shooting is now being identified as Michael Landsberry, a former U.S. marine, and, according to his family, a proud husband and stepfather of two who was "trained to help."
"In my estimation, he's a hero," said Reno's Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson at a red conference Monday.
He also sounds like he was an amazing teacher with a great sense of humor.
On his class's math Web site, he wrote: "I have one classroom rule and it is very simple: 'Thou Shall Not Annoy Mr. L.'" The teacher also went on to say: "I am looking forward to getting to know and teach all of you this year. I know that at times the year will be tough and boring but I will do my best to make the lessons exciting."
Mr. L was also a lifelong Batman fan—so much so that many of his students took to nicknaming him after the caped crusader.
Following his death, one of his students even wrote on Twitter: "you'll always be known as everyone's Batman, you're a hero. RIP Mr. Landsberry." Another heartbreaking tweet read: "Batman flew up with the angels."
As witnesses told police, it was Landsberry who rushed forward to the 12-year-old shooter and tried to prevent him from reaching other students. Sadly, Landsberry was shot in the chest and the shooter went on to wound two more students. Though rumors are still swirling, some have said that the young shooter was the last person you'd suspect of such an act.
"He was really a nice kid," schoolmate Amaya Newton told CNN. "He would make you smile when you were having bad day."