An Araphoe High School shooting happened in Centennial, Colo. Friday that injured two people and left the gunman dead. ABC News reports Dec. 13 that the suspected gunman appeared to have killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound by the time authorities got to the school.
One of the wounded students is in critical condition and the other suffered minor injuries.
A motive for the Araphoe High School shooting had to do with the gunman targeting a specific teacher. When a student confronted the armed man, he was shot. Police know the gunman's identity, but are waiting to release the information after they interview his family.
The school was immediately placed on lockdown after the shooting. Teachers locked classroom doors and dimmed lights.
Bomb squads were sent out to the school to search for possible explosive devices. Students praised the quick response by police. Dozens of police burst into the school just minutes after the gunman began firing his gun.
Ironically, the Araphoe High School shooting not only falls on the anniversary weekend of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting from last year, but Araphoe is in the same school district as Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Columbine had one of the worst school massacres -- besides Sandy Hook -- with 15 people killed. In Sandy Hook, 20 children were killed in addition to 6 adults.
The Araphoe High School shooting is definitely an eery reminder of the school violence that still persists in the nation today.