Fifteen-year-old girl shot. Shooter is dead of an
apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators are looking at
revenge against a teacher as a possible motive.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The 18-year-old gunman who took his own life after
shooting a fellow student at Arapahoe High School Friday was identified
as Karl Halverson Piersen.
The 15-year-old female shooting victim is in critical condition.
There was some initial confusion about a possible second shooting
victim, but Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said later in the
evening that the second victim had only appeared to have been shot.
A 15-year-old victim, who was in the immediate area of the gunman,
was transported to a Littleton hospital in critical condition. That
student is currently undergoing surgery.
The second victim who was initially thought to have been shot was
transported to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood. There it was
determined she was not shot. The blood found on her was from the first
A third victim suffered an anxiety attack and was also transported to Swedish.
The Englewood hospital said both patients were released later in the evening.
Two other students suffered emotional attacks but were treated at the scene, according to Sheriff investigators.
Pierson was found dead inside the school from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the police.
Suspected shooter's home searched
Police say Pierson - armed with a shotgun - entered the west side of
the school around 12:30 p.m. and asked for a specific teacher by name.
Authorities said the Pierson made no effort to conceal the weapon
when he entered the school. He was able to get "very deep" within the
The teacher, after learning that he was being asked for by the
student and that the student was armed, immediately implemented
Active shooter protocols include evacuating the grounds in a safe manner and placing the school on lockdown.
About 20 minutes after police began searching Arapahoe High School,
police found the Pierson dead in a classroom from an apparent
self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body remains inside the school.
Police did not engage in a gunfight with Pierson.
Police believe the suspect acted alone, and there are no other threats at this time.
Arapahoe County Sheriff investigators are looking into revenge against the teacher Pierson was looking for as a possible motive.
Officials' response to school shooting
DEVICES FOUND IN SCHOOL
Two devices, being described as Molotov cocktails, were found inside
the school. One device was detonated by Pierson; the other device was
located and deemed safe.
Officers who arrived on scene had to deal with smoke from the first Molotov cocktail detonation.
A Molotov cocktail is a bottle-based improvised incendiary weapon.
Witnesses describe Arapahoe HS shooting
Students were seen walking toward the school's running track with
their hands in the air. SKY9 showed students being patted down by
"The kids have been through a traumatic situation," Arapahoe County
Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. "We need to ensure that anyone we
evacuate isn't part of our problem. We're doing the evacuation slowly
9NEWS Reporter Meagan Fitzgerald said she saw many students sobbing on the athletic fields as they loaded buses to the church.
Psychologist: Arapahoe students need time to process shooting
Parents showed up in all sorts of conditions - wearing tennis skirts and hospital scrubs - to pick up their kids.
Counseling Services will be offered Saturday at the following locations:
Powell Middle School
8000 S Corona Way
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
7691 S University Blvd
Parents of Arapahoe High School students are being asked to go to
Shepherd of the Hills Church at 7691 S. University Blvd. Parents have to
physically check out their students at the church.
After students were bused to Shepherd of the Hills, the church
quickly was overwhelmed and needed to send additional kids to another
location. Overflow students were taken to Euclid Middle School in
Littleton in the 770 block of West Euclid Avenue.
Area schools on lockdown after shooting
Arapahoe High School will be closed Monday.
Arapahoe High School is
a part of Littleton Public Schools. There are 70 different classrooms
in the high school which covers a 254,000-square-foot area. There are
2,229 students that attend the high school. The school was built in