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Two dead after student opens fire at northern Mexico school

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 13:24:12-05

MEXICO CITY (KGTV) — Authorities Friday say at least two people have been killed at an elementary school in northern Mexico after a student opened fire on his teacher and classmates.

Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme said an 11-year-old sixth-grade student at Colegio Cervantes in Torreon, Coahuila, is the suspected gunman, the Associated Press reported. The student reportedly asked his teacher to use the bathroom and later returned to class with two firearms.

Riquelme said the student killed his teacher and himself, and wounded five other students and a gym teacher at the private school.

The AP reported that the unnamed student told a classmate, "today is the day" before leaving the class.

The student is not believed to have shown any behavioral problems in the past, but investigators were looking into his online activity, according to Riquelme. The governor told the AP the student lived with his grandparents and that his mother had died some time ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.