14 December 2013, 07:19

Suspect in Colorado school shooting dead - official

Suspect in Colorado school shooting dead - official

A student armed with a shotgun entered a high school in search of a teacher Friday and injured at least two students before taking his own life, authorities said. The shooting occurred at Arapahoe High School here about 12 miles south of Denver, when an armed student searching for a specific teacher entered the facility, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said in a news conference.

The shooter, identified by several news outlets as Karl Pierson, 18, wanted to confront Tracy Murphy, the school’s librarian and head of its debate team. ABC 7 in Denver reported that Murphy had recently kicked Pierson off the team.

Murphy escaped the school uninjured before being approached, law enforcement said. The sheriff also stated it was a smart decision for the teacher to run out of the school in an attempt to lure the shooter away from the building.

The first person to see the Pierson and notify the police was a school janitor, who told KUSA he only wished to be identified as Fabian. He said the gunman appeared to be running from side to side in the building in what appeared to be some "kind of military style."

At least two others were hurt, however, including a student of around 15 or 16 years of age that was admitted to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, Denver's 9News reported.

Sheriff Robinson added in a follow-up news briefing Friday evening that authorities also discovered two Molotov cocktail explosive devices inside the school, one of which was detonated, which explained the smoke that first responders said they encountered at the scene. He said the school hadn't received any recent warning suggesting it could be at risk of a shooting.

Friday's shooting took place almost a year to the day from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 of last year.

Two injured, suspected gunman dead after school shooting in Colorado

At least two people are injured and a suspected gunman is dead after shots were fired at a high school in Centennial, Colorado on Friday just down the road from the Aurora movie theatre where a gunman went on a massacre in 2012.

The Denver Post reported that a shooting had just occurred at Arapahoe High School. Later it was announced during a press briefing on the scene that the suspect had been found inside of the school, deceased, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At least two others were injured, including a student of around 15 or 16 years of age that was admitted to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, according to Denver's 9News.

Students heard multiple shots coming from the cafeteria around lunchtime, Post reporter Ryan Parker tweeted from outside of the school moments after the incident unfolded.

Around 40 minutes after the first reports surfaced, Parker added that eyewitnesses told him students were still locked inside of the school's classrooms.

Jordan Steffen of the Post added that students she interviewed outside of the school heard three-to-four shots fired before they fled the building.

More than 2,100 students are enrolled in the school, which is located within a half-hour drive of both Denver and Aurora, CO in the city of Centennial — and just 15 miles from Littleton, where two high schoolers opened first in 1999 and murdered 12 students and a teacher.

All Littleton Public School were placed on lockdown, according to the ABC station, as police respond to the incident at Arapahoe High.

Friday’s incident occurred 364 days after a shooter in Newtown, Connecticut went on a rampage at an elementary school, killing more than two dozen.

Arapahoe High contains 70 classrooms and encompasses around 254,000 square feet.

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