December 13, 2013

Colorado school shooter wounds 2, kills self

The gunman, who was a student, was apparently looking for a specific teacher, and left at least one student seriously wounded.

The Associated Press

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Students comfort each other outside of Arapahoe High School after a shooting on the campus in Centennial, Colo., on Friday. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter wounded two students before killing himself.

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A sheriff deputy talks on his radio at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Friday. A student shot two other students before killing himself, authorities said.

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Tracy Monroe, who had step-siblings who attended Columbine, was standing outside the school on Friday 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 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.

After hearing three shots, freshman Colton Powers said, everyone "ran to the corner of the room and turned off the lights and locked the door and just waited, hoped for the best. A lot of people I couldn't see, but they were crying. I was scared. I didn't know what to do."

His mother, Shelly Powers, said she first got word of the shooting in the middle of a conference call at work.

"I dropped all my devices, got my keys and got in my car," she said. "I was crying all the way here."

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

 

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In this image taken from video provided by Fox 31 Denver, students gather just outside of Arapahoe High School as police respond to reports of a shooting Friday.

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