Molotov cocktail-like devices found in Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado along with body of alleged shooter, 18-year-old Karl Pierson, as reported by US News on NBC:
A quick-thinking teacher may have saved other lives Friday by trying to lure a student brandishing a shotgun away from teenagers at a Colorado high school, where the gunman wounded a fellow student before killing himself, authorities said. The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was critically wounded and was in surgery after the gunman shot her 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. A second student initially believed to have been wounded turned out only to have been splattered with some of the girl’s blood, Robinson said at a news briefing late Friday.
The shooter, identified as Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, a student at the school, appeared to be seeking revenge against a specific teacher after an earlier confrontation, Robinson said. He said Pierson was looking for the teacher by name when the incident began about 12:33 p.m. (2:33 p.m. ET).
“The [unidentified] teacher exited the school immediately, which was, in my opinion, the most important tactical decision that could have been made,” Robinson said. “I believe it was a wise tactical decision to remove himself from the school so maybe the threat went toward him rather than the school.”
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 Pierson 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, even as his body remained inside the school Friday night. Robinson said two devices similar to Molotov cocktails were also found in the building, one of which created a cloud of smoke and the other of which was disarmed. As darkness fell, SWAT officers with dogs were still at the school.
The Blaze reports that the Associated Press noted:
[C]lassmates of Karl Pierson, the 18-year-old who walked into his suburban Denver high school with a shotgun Friday, held communist views.
There’s now word that in a Denver Post profile of Pierson, a classmate calls the shooter “a very opinionated Socialist.” But when the story was apparently updated, the classmate describes Pierson as just “very opinionated.”
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