2 students wounded in shooting at school

A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a Ros­well middle school Tuesday, seriously wounding at least two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, Gov. Susana Martinez and police officials said.

The shooting at Berrendo Middle School occurred in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm before the start of class, Martinez told reporters.

The two students wounded in the attack were a 12-year-old boy, who was reported in critical condition, and a 13-year-old girl, who was in serious condition, said Martinez (R).

— Reuters

Judge grants Chicago
a delay on gun sales

The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Edward E. Chang granted the city’s request for the delay, a small victory for a city that has lost a series of recent legal battles in its efforts to keep guns out. Chicago officials now find themselves ushering in a new era in which the city must welcome businesses that sell guns and residents who legally carry concealed weapons.

Attorneys representing the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers and others that sued the city argued against the six-month delay by noting Chicago officials are hardly strangers to addressing gun laws.

— Associated Press

Ban on tap water use
slowly being lifted

Businesses and restaurants reopened in downtown Charleston on Tuesday after last week’s chemical spill, but people in and outside the city limits waited yet another day for officials to tell them their tap water was safe.

So far, about 35 percent of West Virginia American Water’s customers have been allowed to use their water again after a chemical spilled into the Elk River on Thursday.

— Associated Press