Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, Former Deer Creek Student, Led 'Troubled' Life
More information is surfacing today on Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, the suspect in custody for the shooting that took place Tuesday afternoon at Deer Creek Elementary in Littleton, Colorado. Digging through old Deer Creek year books, KUSA identified a student named Bruco Eastwood who attended the school in 1992. KUSA was unable to confirm whether the Eastwood in the photos was indeed the shooter.He was stopped by math teacher Dr. David Benke
Interviews with Eastwood's father, War Eagle Eastwood, indicate that allged shooter led a deeply troubled life. The elder Eastwood told 9 News that his son "hears voices."
According to the Denver Post, Eastwood never graduated from high school, and has spent the last 5 years unemployed, living on his father's ranch. He had reportedly been trying to get his GED.
Bruco Eastwood also participated in a 2005 NASA study on weightlessness at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He has an arrest record that dates back more than a decade.
War Eagle Eastwood hypothesized that the voices in his son's head drove him to Deer Creek yesterday.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - In a split second, Dr. David Benke went from being a beloved math teacher at Deer Creek Middle School, to a hero.
"I had always told my students since Columbine that if anything happened in a school, that I would hope that I would be able to do something," Benke told FOX31 News Tuesday evening, just hours after he bravely disarmed a gunman who had shot and wounded two students in front of the school. "And that's what I was thinking about."
Benke's quick action and bravery are credited with saving countless lives. Authorities say 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood arrived at Deer Creek Middle School just as students were leaving for the day and opened fire with a high-powered hunting rifle. Two students were wounded before Benke tackled the gunman and helped subdue him until police arrived.This is what didn't happen at Virginia Tech or Canada's Montreal Massacre.