Colorado high school shooting suspect found dead

BY newsdesk  December 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM EDT

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the media after a school shooting in suburban Denver Friday.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday that a school shooting suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in a classroom at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver.

At 12:33 p.m. local time, a male student entered the school and asked for the location of a specific teacher. Robinson said that when the teacher discovered the student was looking for him, the teacher immediately left the school, in an effort to get the student to follow him out of the building.

Two other students were shot, Robinson said. One of the injured students is in serious condition and is undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital, and the other is currently undergoing treatment for their wounds as well.

The name of the shooter was not released, but the police believe that the shooter was the only person who was armed in the school on Friday afternoon.
Arapahoe High School junior Carrie McDaniel was in her Spanish class when she heard faint gunshot sounds. “I knew it was serious when someone came running into the classroom and said ‘there’s been gunshots,” she said. The class immediately turned off the lights and waited for police.

When police arrived, the students were instructed to leave the classroom and then to run across the street, she said.

“Everyone was crying and everyone was confused,” she said. “It all feels like a dream.”

Robinson said that families are now being reunited with students at the nearby Shepherd of the Hills church.

McDaniels met her mother Laura, who was visibly shaken, remembering the day nearly 15 years ago when two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves at Columbine High School, only miles away from Arapahoe.

“I was remembering the day that Columbine happened, like a flashback,” Laura McDaniel said. “(Carrie) was 2 and her daycare was on lockdown. It felt like the same scene with helicopters all around us.”

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

Updated from 3:30 p.m. EST:

Denver Post’s Ryan Parker is live tweeting from the scene at Arapahoe High School: