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By Adam Peck on December 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Gunman Opens Fire At Arapahoe High School In Colorado, Less Than 10 Miles From Columbine


Police officials in Arapahoe County, Colorado have confirmed that there has been a shooting at Arapahoe High School, and that the shooter is believed to still be at large inside the building.

Sheriff Grayson Robinson said that there are at least two confirmed victims at Arapahoe High School, located about 10 miles south from downtown Denver. The school is home to more than 2,000 students.

Arapahoe is part of the Littleton Public School district, which neighbors the Jefferson County School District, home to Columbine High School.

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NBC News

Gunman kills self at Colorado high school; two other students shot

An army of police officers responded and terrified parents rushed to the scene after a student entered Arapahoe High School in Colorado and shot two students, authorities said. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

A gunman opened fire at a high school in Colorado on Friday, wounding two fellow students before killing himself, authorities said.

One of the students was critically wounded and was in surgery after the gunman shot the youth at Arapahoe High School in Centennial. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said initial reports that the student confronted the gunman turned out not to be true.

The second injured student was reported in good condition with a minor gunshot wound.

The shooter, a male student, said he was looking for a specific teacher by name when the incident began about 12:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET), Robinson said.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson details the shooting Friday at Arapahoe High School.

“The teacher exited the school immediately, which was, in my opinion, the most important tactical decision that could have been made,” Robinson said. “That was a very wise tactical decision to try to take the student with him.”

An army of officers responded, having dramatically changed their standing orders after the deaths of 12 students and a teacher 14 years ago at Columbine High School — just about 10 miles away. Instead of waiting for backup, they rushed in immediately.

They found the shooter in a classroom about 20 minutes after they began their search, Robinson said. He said investigators knew his identity and were talking to his family.

Police, sheriff’s deputies and agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives obtained a search warrant and barreled into a home about 4 miles from the school, looking for any other possible weapons or clues.

No one appeared to be home, a neighbor said.

“An ATF agent said we should stay in the house,” she told NBC station KUSA of Denver. “I didn’t ask any questions.”

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Published on Dec 13, 2013

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