Would-be Marine helped disarm gunman during Colorado school shooting

A high school senior who plans to become a Marine after graduation was among the students who tackled a gunman in a Colorado school on Tuesday.

Brendan Bialy attends the STEM School Highlands Ranch, which is not far from the site of the Columbine High School shooting 20 years ago.

Bialy's father, Brad, confirmed to NBC News that the teenager and other classmates tackled and disarmed one of the two shooters.

"We are deeply saddened for the victims, families, friends, and community on this tragic day," the Bialy family said in an emailed statement issued by lawyer Mark L. Bryant. "We'd like to commend the immediate response of law enforcement and assure all we are strong with the love of our families, community, friends, and every one sending concern, wishes, and strength. We will persevere."

Bialy plans to join the Marine Corps after graduating, according to his father.

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Toronto Police officers work on Danforth St., at the scene of a shooting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2018. - A gunman opened fire in central Toronto on Sunday night, injuring 13 people including a child. Two dead including gunman, police reported. (Photo by Cole BURSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read COLE BURSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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People watch the news as they drink in a bar on Danforth St., near the scene of a shooting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2018. - A gunman opened fire in central Toronto on Sunday night, injuring 13 people including a child. Two dead including gunman, police reported. (Photo by Cole BURSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read COLE BURSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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The shooting took place after 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Two suspects are in police custody and have been described as an adult male and a juvenile male. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said it had identified one of the suspects as Devon Erickson, 18.

The family of Kendrick Castillo, 18, confirmed to NBC News that he was the student killed during the shooting.

The incident came just under a week after two people were killed and four others injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

It emerged that one of the slain U.N.C. students, Riley Howell, 21, challenged the shooter giving police extra time to confront him. The local police chief hailed him as a hero while his family said they were "beyond proud."

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