Troy Tucker, center of Roswell, N.M., holds his daughters Emily Tucker, left age 10, and Hannah Tucker, right age 12, during a community prayer vigil for the victims of the Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell, N.M., in this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, photo.Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
ROSWELL, N.M. — The family of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy who police say opened fire inside his middle school gym is heartbroken over the tragedy.
The boy's parents and grandparents issued a statement through their lawyer Wednesday, saying their thoughts and prayers are with the two children who were shot Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School.
The family says its remorse cannot be expressed in words. They added that they love the boy and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as they piece together "how this awful tragedy occurred."
Police say the shooting was planned but that the victims -- an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl -- were chosen randomly.
Investigators have yet to speculate on a motive.
The suspected shooter is being evaluated by mental health professionals. No charges have been filed.
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