Twelve-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez, the second and more seriously injured child from the Jan. 14 shooting at Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School, has been released from UMC Lubbock in Texas. A hospital official on Wednesday confirmed that the boy had been released within the last few days but couldn’t say if he had been sent home or to another facility for ongoing rehabilitation.
Tavarez and Kendal Sanders, 13, were injured when 12-year-old classmate Mason Campbell walked into the student-filled school gymnasium early in the morning and opened fire with a shotgun with a sawed off stock, according to police.
Sanders was released from the hospital on Jan. 19 after two surgeries to repair damage to her shoulder. Tavarez remained in the hospital in critical condition and later upgraded to serious condition. He had wounds to both eyes, chest, face and heart, and had been on a ventilator for period of time.
On Jan. 30, Campbell was transferred from an Albuquerque psychiatric hospital to the Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center in Roswell, where an additional charge of carrying a firearm into a school was added to the three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon that he’d already been charged with.
Campbell will undergo a 30-day forensic evaluation, “after which a report will be issued to the parties in the matter and then the matter will reconvene in front of a Children’s Court judge,” who will set a trial date, said 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.