A man with a "big gun" appeared on the school ground at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado as students prepared to board an after-school bus. Allegedly, Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood shot two students before math teacher, Dr. David Benke, tackled and disarmed him. One student remains in critical condition this morning. See a video below.
According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, he has been arrested at least nine times. Besides intermittent stints in jail, he has lived in Hudson, Commerce City and Federal Heights, records show.
Eastwood also has been a defendant in civil lawsuits, including one in which his horses roamed onto Interstate 76 and caused an accident with injuries.Steve Potter, a Deer Creek bus drive witnessed Dr. Benke taking the shooter down, and rushed to help.
Dr. Benke was out there at the time the school was being let out. It looked to me like he heard the shot and decided to react accordingly," Steve Potter told FOX31 News. "There was a little bit of a wresting match for about 5 seconds or so," before Benke had disarmed the gunman, Potter said.
Potter, who also helped subdue the gunman after Benke tackled him, said the suspect was rambling incoherently as they held him down.
"He was uttering some obscenities here and there, but nothing that made a whole lot of sense to me."Updates on the Deer Creek shootings as available.