A student at Arapahoe High School near Denver, Colorado shot two fellow-students on Friday afternoon, according to Yahoo! News on Friday. The student-gunman was focused on harming a particular teacher.
The teacher, according to the police, fled the school in an effort to get the student with the gun out of the building. According to Grayson Robinson, who is the Arapahoe County Sheriff, said that information about the student looking for a specific teacher got around.
The gunman was confronted by a female student who was then shot. She is in serious condition and has undergone surgery. The second student who was shot was reportedly released from the hospital at approximately 5:30 p.m. CT.
Students were hurried out of the school by police officers as the officers attempted to find the gunman. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound sometime later.
The student-gunman is believed to have acted alone, according to police. Detectives were searching the gunman’s home in search of a motive for the event.
Late afternoon, students were still meeting their parents at a nearby church while police continued investigating the scene of the crime.
Saturday is the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, yet police say they have no indication that today’s event was related to that anniversary.
The school where the shooting occurred is only a few miles away from the Aurora movie theater where persons were killed by a gunman in July of last year. Additionally, the Columbine High School murders in 1999, in which a dozen students and a teacher were killed, is some eight miles away from today’s incident.
Names of those involved have not been released.