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Police to Not Release Names in Monday's School Shooting

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Tuesday, the Sparks Police Department announced they will not release the name of the suspect in Monday's shooting.

On Wednesday we learned more about the reasoning behind that decision and hearing from northern Nevadans about what they think of the decision.

"I think the name should be released," said Bill Kirschenheiter of Reno. "Most of the people in the surrounding area or in the school know the name, so the majority of the people should know the name. It's no secret.

Katherine Bain of Reno disagrees. "Minors should be kept minors and the name should be kept quiet."

Angela Elliott of Quincy, California said the public always wants to know everything, but that doesn't always make it right. "I think the public is always curious, but I think in this case, it's much more compassionate and reasonable to allow this family to have this privacy while they try to take in what's happened and deal with it."

Wednesday afternoon, the Sparks City Attorney released a statement about why the department has decided not to release the shooter's name so far.

"The Sparks Police Department will not release the names of the juveniles involved in Monday's tragedy. At this time, the department has not completed its investigation and has not generated any document that would be considered a "record" subject to dissemination under state law. Moreover, releasing the requested information will hinder the department's ability to thoroughly investigate the incident and draw accurate findings about Monday's events. Finally, state law declares information concerning juveniles to be exempt from dissemination. Upon completion of the investigation, the information that can be legally released will be made available."

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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