Suspected CO high school shooter dead from self-inflicted wound
POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 3:28pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 1:35pm
(CNN) — Authorities believe at least two people have been injured in a shooting Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, Sheriff Grayson Robinson told CNN affiliate KMGH. Sheriff Grayson Robinson announced the suspect involved is dead of what appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dozens of children could be seen walking away from the school, with their hands in the air. Some stood in lines at what appeared the high school track field, where they appeared to be undergoing police pat-downs.
Parents were being asked to go to an area church, Shepherd of the Hills, to meet their children, the sheriff said.
The high school, with a student population of 2,229 students, has 70 classrooms. The school, which was built in 1964, is part of the Littleton Public Schools system.
Sheriff Robinson says the shooter was a male student at the high school who says the deceased suspect was targeting a particular teacher at the school.
"We have not been able to locate a second suspect, but that's part of our ongoing investigation," the sheriff said. "The shooting began after the student entered the school and identified a teacher whom he wanted to confront. That teacher was informed of the situation and exited. One student was taken to a hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound; another was injured, though the cause was not clear."
All schools in the system have been put on lock down, authorities said.
Outside Arapahoe High School, police blocked roads leading to the campus.
The school is about 10 miles from Littleton, where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher in a rampage at Columbine High School in April 1999.
The shooting comes almost a year-to-the day that shots rang out at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 28 people were killed during that rampage including the suspected shooter, Adam Peter Lanza, and his mother, whom he allegedly murdered at their home.
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