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Friday, December 13, 2013

Another School Shooting: Colorado

Friday night update: Gunman IDed as Karl Pierson.  Reportedly had been kicked off his beloved debate team.  Family known to attend Bible classes.  NY Daily News with alleged photo of him--and others online.  One photo of him with debate team (going for a national tourney spot)  on a Littleton schools site, found in Google search, is no longer there, I've found, but don't know when removed. 

Also from the Daily News:  "Joe Redmond, 18, a senior captain on the speech and debate team and friend of Pierson, said the gunman was upset with Murphy after the school librarian kicked him off the team.  Karl half-jokingly threatened to kill Mr. Murphy, and Mr. Murphy got him suspended for saying that. Karl wanted to go to the Air Force Academy and they don’t look positively on suspensions so (Karl) felt like Mr. Murphy had ruined his life.”


Harrowing new details--in case you thought this was not that big a deal because just one kid seriously hurt (beyond the shooter).   Terror at the school, the usual scenario of locking down rooms,  students huddled and terrified, a targeted teacher flees, shooter with shotgun roaming.

More:  Even two or more Molotov cocktails found, one detonated.  Shooter asked for one teacher by name, so he fled.  The seriously hurt student is a girl.  Police: No info yet that student had been suspended, though that is rumor. Another unconfirmed report: the fleeing teacher was actually librarian.

Student on AC's CNN show just now:  knew shooter, was "sweet" and intelligent kid, ran track, had bright future.   Denver Post talks to students who claim shooter was very "opinionated" on politics but mixed picture--outspoken against gun laws, "outside mainstream," maybe a "Socialist." 

Good Amy Davidson piece at The New Yorker

Earlier:

Developing story, as Newtown anniversary nears: at least two wounded, one critically.   Another report has the shootings in school cafeteria, police swarming, perhaps even a fire.  Return here for more in  a minute.  NBC says local hospital alert to possible "mass injury" crisis but that might just be precuation, and:  "The school is part of the Littleton public school systems, based in Arapahoe County — the same county where James Eagan Holmes is accused of having killed 12 people in a movie theater in the town of Aurora."  UPDATE: Pete Williams on NBC says "danger is past."  Shooter, referred to as a "he,"  in custody or dead.  One or two others wounded, no more. UPDATE #2:  Press conference--shooter, a student, is dead, with self-inflicted wound.  One student critical, another with minor injury.   A teacher had been informed that he was to be target and he exited school beforehand. 

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