2010-03-04 / Local & State

School Shooting Suspect Faces 15 Counts

By CATHERINE TSAI ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

GOLDEN, Colo.—A man accused of shooting two Colorado students in the parking lot of a middle school was charged Tuesday with 15 counts, including attempted murder, assault and child abuse.

Prosecutors filed the case against Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, 32, who is suspected of wounding the victims after opening fire at Deer Creek Middle School in suburban Denver on Feb. 23.

He could face 97 1/2 years in prison if convicted of all counts.

Eastwood wasn't in court Tuesday but appeared on a video link from jail. He didn't speak or enter a plea, and public defender Katherine Spengler didn’t directly address the allegations.

Eastwood was being held in lieu of $1 million cash bail.

One of the two wounded eighth-graders, Reagan Weber, was treated at a hospital and released. The other, Matt Thieu, was hospitalized, and his parents have said he is doing well.

Eastwood faces two counts each of attempted murder after deliberation, attempted murder with extreme indifference, assault with a weapon, assault with extreme indifference and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

He also faces four counts of crime of violence and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Sheriff's officials haven’t disclosed a possible motive in the shootings.

Eastwood had been living on his father’s ranch in Hudson, about 55 miles northeast of the school. His father, War Eagle Eastwood, believes his son suffers from schizophrenia.

Jefferson County Judge Thomas Vance didn’t immediately rule on a motion by KUSA in Denver to unseal the arrest warrant affidavit.

Deer Creek, about three miles from the site of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, reopened for classes Monday.

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