'Hero' Teacher Dies Confronting School Shooter

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A Nevada middle school teacher is being hailed as a hero after he died trying to stop a student from shooting his classmates.

It happened Monday morning at Sparks Middle School when a 12-year-old student opened fire on his classmates.

Jose Cazares, who was hanging out with friends, said he saw the boy shoot two students. Cazares said the shooter then aimed the gun at his chest, but teacher Michael Landsberry intervened.

That's when the boy shot Landsberry and the two other students, before turning the gun on himself.

"He was telling him to stop and put the gun down. Then the kid, he yelled out `No!' Like, he was yelling at him, and he shot him," Cazares told NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday. "He was calm; he was holding out his hand like, 'put the gun in my hand.'"

The shooting was over before police even arrived on the scene.

"It's not supposed to happen here," Chanda Landsberry, the slain teacher's sister-in-law, said. "We're just Sparks -- little Sparks, Nevada. It's unreal."

Landsberry, 45, was a math teacher and a former Marine. He also served two tours in Afghanistan with the Nevada National Guard. He's now being hailed as a hero.

"He sacrificed his life to take our kids into safety," Cazares's mother, Marisela, told "Today." ''I thank him for that. He's a true hero."

The students who were shot are recovering in the hospital, one from a wound to the arm and the other to the stomach.

"We have a lot of heroes today, including our children ... and our fallen hero, an amazing teacher," Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez said.

Landsberry is survived by his wife and two stepdaughters.

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