COSTA MESA, Calif.
— As the school district’s parent organization and a national advocacy group urged officials to close its doors, the state’s largest school system closed Thursday after a gunman opened fire inside a crowded auditorium and killed 14 people.
The shooting unfolded inside a theater in a Colorado school district, prompting the closure of about 50 schools across the state and some 200 charter schools.
The shootings in Colorado are the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history and the deadliest in the country’s history of school shootings.
The Colorado Springs-area school district was not immediately available for comment.
The state Department of Public Safety confirmed that the shooting took place at Colorado School of Mines, the countrys largest charter school system.
The Associated Press reported that three victims were shot dead and five others were wounded in the shooting.
The gunman, Robert Lewis Dear, 22, died at a hospital in Denver.
He was taken into custody and was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The school district is in the midst of a state-wide investigation into how the school system handled the aftermath of the shooting and the shooting itself.
The district closed for the day at about 2 p.m. local time and reopened shortly after 3 p.y.
The sheriff’s office in Aurora said a 911 call was made shortly after 9:30 p.g. on Thursday night and authorities were investigating the call as a possible mass shooting.
The sheriff’s department said that no further details were available.
The AP contributed to this report.