The gunman in the Arapahoe High School shooting has been identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson. He walked into the school on Friday at 12:55 p.m. carrying a shotgun. His motive was to seek revenge against a teacher. He asked for the teacher by name and the teacher proceeded to go outside in hopes to lure the gun wielding student outside also, away from other students. He ended up shooting and critically injuring one student then turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. Reports of confrontation with a student who was injured are false reports.
According to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson there was no second victim. Blood on the girl was from the first person being shot, a 15 year old girl. The second student was released from the hospital on Friday night. Three students were treated for anxiety attacks following the incident.
Robinson also stated two Molotov cocktails were at the scene one activated either during or before the shooting emitting a large amount of smoke and the other one was never used. Piersons' body remained at the school Friday night as it was part of the scene of a crime and still under investigation.
Douglas Country officials combed through the suspects home and car after the incident.
Students and staff were able to pick up cars and vehicles from the school as of 8:00 a.m. this morning.
The incident occurred one day prior to the Sandy Hook anniversary were 20 children and six adults were killed in Newton Connecticut.
Arapahoe High School is located only eight miles from Columbine High School in Littleton, were one teacher and 12 students were killed by two gunman in 1999.
Our thoughts continue to be with all of these families at this time.