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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado police on Wednesday tried to determine why two students walked into their school and allegedly opened fire with handguns, killing one person and wounding eight, miles from the site of one of the nation's deadliest school massacres.
Douglas County sheriff Tony Spurlock told a morning news conference that one of the suspected shooters at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, previously identified as male, was a female under the age of 18. The other suspect was Devon Erickson, 18, he said.
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He declined to identify the person slain in the attack, other than to say he was an 18-year-old male who had been due to graduate in the three days.
The reason for the attack remained unclear, Spurlock said.
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Denver's ABC television affiliate, citing an unidentified police source, reported on Tuesday that one of the suspects wanted to transition to male from female and had been bullied for it.
Spurlock declined to answer a reporter's question about whether the younger suspect was transgender.
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"Right now we are identifying the individual as a female, because that's where we're at," he said. "We originally thought the juvenile was a male by appearance."
Spurlock said the suspect had been identified as male "before the detectives were able to get the medical - and detectives were able to speak to her."
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Erickson was expected in Douglas County District Court in nearby Castle Rock at 1:30 p.m. MDT (1830 GMT). The second suspect also will appear in court on Wednesday, said District Attorney George Brauchler.
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