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Sheriff: Colorado school shooter wounds 2, kills himself

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 13, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. Updated December 13, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Colorado sheriff says a student who shot two others before apparently killing himself at a Denver-area high school is believed to have acted alone.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says the shooter entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial on Friday armed with a shotgun and looking for a teacher he identified by name.

Robinson says the teacher immediately left the school when he learned the student was looking for him.

The critically injured student was in surgery at a nearby hospital, said Jason Dunkel, spokesman for Littleton Adventist Hospital. The other is also hospitalized with a minor gunshot wound.

Police were outside the school, and students were seen walking toward the school's running track with their hands in the air. Television footage showed students being patted down.

The school is about 8 miles east of Columbine High School in Littleton, where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.

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

Tracy Monroe, who had step-siblings who attended Columbine, was standing outside the high school 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 that she was safe.

Monroe was family friends with a teacher killed in the Columbine shooting, Dave Carpenter.

"We didn't think it could happen in Colorado then, either," Monroe said.

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

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djigoo says... December 13, 2013 at 4:31 p.m.

One day shy of the first anniversary of the Newtown massacre! I should send a card to congratulate Wayne LaPierre.

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lazybar says... December 13, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.

goo maybe you should send one to henry ford before you worry to much about wayne lapierre.

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Packman says... December 13, 2013 at 4:41 p.m.

Hey djigoo - Maybe you should send a card to yourself for once wishing death upon millions of innocent people in Texas.
Sadly, once again we see how well "lock the doors and call the cops" works in the real world.

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Fdworfe says... December 13, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.

Still another occasion for pious posturing, pointing of fingers, wringing of well-intentioned hands. And nothing, absolutely nothing will get done except spinning more conventional commentary about mental illness, child street tragedies, the right-wing and the NRA. We’ve heard it over and over and over. Let’s at least be half-candid even if we can’t be honest. Nothing worth a tinker’s dam will be done, period. We have neither the will nor the brains to change any of this gun and drug mess or the violence they generate no matter the magnitude of premature deaths. Sure, I’ve got some ideas, but who doesn't--and who listens? We simply move from one tearful tragedy to the next, hoping it doesn’t happen again, or to us. Life and stupidity—they are quite a pair. Maybe we should just declare victory over drugs and guns and pretend everything’s fine. In effect, that’s how we deal with most things anyway.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 13, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.

Sure fd, and we will all become sheep.

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RoyDaMercer says... December 13, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

That's true kajagoogoo; last year you were serving him champagne and caviar. The least you could do this year is send a card.

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djigoo says... December 13, 2013 at 7:34 p.m.

I'm not too shy shy to oblige, JC.

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aimee says... December 13, 2013 at 9:45 p.m.

[Bill] "De Blasio also spoke of the moment the president got word of Friday afternoon's Colorado school shooting, which came on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Conn. massacre.
“Well, the president said very somberly that the shooting had occurred. Obviously none of us have the details yet. But he informed the room, you know, the note was passed to him and he informed the room immediately, and we all cringed," the mayor-elect said.
"We’ve all seen this many, many, too many times in this country. We didn’t get into a lengthy conversation, but the immediate comment from in the room from some of the mayors was how can we use our abilities -- how can we use our local capacity and our bully pulpits -- to try to and move forward sensible gun control legislation, because until we do that there’s too many dangers out there. That’s where people were focused."
nydailynews. com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/12/bill-de-blasio-emerges-from-white-house-ready-to-go-national-with-progressive-
We need to use our "local capacity" and "bully pulpit" and ignore the idiotic gun-nuts who post here..!!! They speak for the NRA and NOT for America..!!!

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RoyDaMercer says... December 13, 2013 at 9:56 p.m.

The stupidity of the ones wanting gun control using a shooting with a shotgun for their cause is unbelievable. I haven't owned a gun in 20+ years but the more I see idiots like aimee and goo it makes me fully understand why they cannot get anything done.

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aimee says... December 13, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.

"Paid commenters use vicious attacks against anyone who posts an opposing opinion. Eventually the attacks have the effect of driving people with opposite views away from the targeted sites."

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