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Sheriff: Colo. school shooter entered school looking for a teacher before wounding 2, killing self

By Dan Elliott, Associated Press

Published: Sat, Dec. 14 3:22 p.m. MST

 Students comfort each other at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, where a student shot at least one other student at a Colorado high school Friday before he apparently killed himself, authorities said. The shooter entered Arapahoe High School in a Denver suburb armed with a shotgun and looking for a teacher he identified by name, said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

Students comfort each other at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, where a student shot at least one other student at a Colorado high school Friday before he apparently killed himself, authorities said. The shooter entered Arapahoe High School in a Denver suburb armed with a shotgun and looking for a teacher he identified by name, said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

(Ed Andrieski, Associated Press)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A suburban Denver student shot two other students at a high school Friday before he apparently killed himself, authorities said.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial armed with a shotgun and looking for a teacher he identified by name.

The teacher immediately left the school when he learned the student was looking for him, Robinson said.

The shooter then shot two students, one of whom is in serious condition at a hospital. The other is also hospitalized, with a minor gunshot wound. It was initially believed the student in serious condition confronted the shooter, but Robinson now says that wasn't clear.

Robinson said the student is believed to have acted alone. Authorities also found a possible Molotov cocktail at the scene and are examining the device.

The school is about 8 miles east of Columbine High School in Littleton, where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.

The shooting also came a day before the first anniversary of the school massacre in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Tracy Monroe, who had step-siblings who attended Columbine, was standing outside the high school looking at her phone, reading text messages from her 15-year-old daughter inside.

Monroe said she got the first text from her daughter, sophomore Jade Stanton, at 12:41 p.m. The text read, "there's sirens. It's real. I love you"

A few minutes later, Jade texted "shots were fired in our school." Monroe rushed to the school and was relieved when Jade texted that a police officer entered her classroom and that she was safe.

Monroe was family friends with a teacher killed in the Columbine shooting, Dave Sanders.

"We didn't think it could happen in Colorado then, either," Monroe said.

Police were outside the school, and students were seen walking toward the school's running track with their hands in the air. Television footage showed students being patted down.

More than 2,100 students attend Arapahoe High School where nine out of 10 graduates go on to college, according to the Littleton Public Schools website.

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1. cjb
Bountiful, UT,
Dec. 13, 2013

Although the news hasn't said it yet, given past history, its a pretty sure bet this shooting happened in a gun free zone. These zones are very dangerous. Since we are all looking for common sense solutions, wouldn't getting rid of gun free zones be something we could all agree on?

2. riverofsun
St.George, Utah,
Dec. 13, 2013

How terribly tragic that some feel that more guns will solve this horrific problem at the site where our children are educated.
Their wish for a heavily armed society defies everything the majority of citizens cherish about America.

3. cjb
Bountiful, UT,
Dec. 13, 2013

re riverofsun

If you feel less guns is the answer regardless of who is in possession of the guns, then I suggest you work to get guns out of the hands of the police and the military.

4. I M LDS 2
Provo, UT,
Dec. 13, 2013

Aside from the blatantly politicized, ungrounded speculation in the idea that "gun free zones" are more dangerous, some comments make me wonder what kind of toxins might be in the water in Colorado... and Bountiful.

5. 007
Layton, UT,
Dec. 13, 2013

riverofsun-

What will solve it?