2 suspects in a Colorado school shooting that left 1 student dead and wounded 8 others appeared in a Colorado courtroom on Wednesday.
Devon Erickson, 18 (pictured above), and a juvenile, Maya McKinney, were arraigned in connection with Tuesday's shooting at the STEM School, a charter school located in suburban Highlands Ranch, CO.
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the 2nd shooter, a minor, is a female who is "transitioning" to a male.
Police say 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was shot dead after he lunged at one of the shooters. 8 others were wounded during the shooting.
The shooting ended when Castillo, 18-year-old Marine recruit Brendon Bialy, and a third student charged at the shooters and disarmed them. Castillo was killed as he wrestled the gun away from one of the attackers. The third hero was shot twice but he is expected to survive his injuries.
In a May 8 press conference, Spurlock said he initially identified the 2nd shooter as a male in a press release. "We originally thought the juvenile was a male by appearance," the sheriff said. "I did the press release very early on before the detectives were able to get medical ... were able to speak to her."
In social media posts, Erickson described himself as a LGBT male. He bowed his head during most of the court proceedings on Wednesday. His hair was dyed with purple streaks.
Friends described Erickson as an autistic loner who may be a MtF transgender.
In a Facebook post, Erickson reportedly hated President Trump and heaped praise on former President Barack Obama.
He also criticized Christians in one post.
"You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn't do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is "ewwwwww gays."
SHOOTING SUSPECT: Devon Erickson, one of the two suspects allegedly responsible for the deadly Colorado school shooting, made his first appearance in court, keeping his head down for most of it and expected to return to court Friday when charges are filed. https://t.co/eqLonDAwLL pic.twitter.com/T0nTGjk64L
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