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Sheriff: Suspect in Colorado School Shooting is Dead

Posted at: 12/13/2013 2:46 PM
Updated at: 12/13/2013 4:31 PM

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4:31PM Update:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say they have found a possible Molotov cocktail at the scene of a school shooting in suburban Denver.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday that investigators are examining the device.

Robinson says the shooter shot two others at Arapahoe High School in Centennial before apparently killing himself on Friday

The sheriff says the shooter was armed with a shotgun and looking for a teacher he identified by name when he approached the school.

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

Robinson says the shooter then shot two students, one of whom is in serious condition at a hospital. The other is also hospitalized with a minor gunshot wound.

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4:13PM Update:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - 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.

Robinson says the shooter then shot two students, one of whom is in serious condition at a hospital. The other is also hospitalized with a minor gunshot wound.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A suburban Denver student shot at least one other student at a high school Friday before he apparently killed himself, authorities said.

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

"The teacher began to understand that he was being looked at and exited the school. One student confronted the armed student and was shot," Robinson said.

The critically injured student was in surgery at a nearby hospital, said Jason Dunkel, spokesman for Littleton Adventist Hospital.

A third student was injured at the school, but it wasn't clear whether that student was shot.

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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4:07PM Update:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Sheriff: Colorado high school shooter believed to have acted alone; 2 other students shot.

3:08PM Update:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado sheriff says a suspect in a Denver-area high school shooting has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday that the shooter was a student at Arapahoe High School in Centennial. He says another student was wounded when he confronted the armed student and was shot.

Officers found another injured student while securing the school.

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3:00PM Update:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Sheriff: Colorado high school shooting suspect dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

2:55PM Update:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A hospital spokesman says a student is in critical condition after reports of a shooting at a school in suburban Denver.

Jason Dunkel, spokesman for Littleton Adventist Hospital, says the student was in surgery Friday. It's unclear how the student was wounded.

Colorado division of emergency management spokeswoman Micki Trost said her director went to Arapahoe High School in Centennial after reports of an active shooter. There weren't any more immediate details.

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.

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2:48pm Update:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Hospital spokesman: 1 student in critical condition after Colo. high school shooting reports.

2:46pm BREAKING NEWS:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Colorado emergency officials say police are responding to a report of a shooting at a high school in suburban Denver.

State division of emergency management spokeswoman Micki Trost said Friday that her director went to Arapahoe High School in Centennial. There weren't any more immediate details.

Police were outside the school, and students were seen milling around on sidewalks.

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.

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