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Shooter Identified in Colorado School Shooting
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (WKRC) -- Authorities have identified the shooter as 18-year-old Karl Pierson, a student at the high school.
The sheriff says Pierson was on a mission to find a librarian when he walked into Arapahoe High School with a shotgun. When he was confronted by a 15-year-old girl he fired off several shots hitting the girl and another student.
The 15-year-old girl is in critical condition Friday night. The other student was treated and released from the hospital.
Pierson then turned the gun on himself.
"We heard, you know, it was just a really big bang. Our class really thought nothing of it. It was just one. Ten seconds later there were three more just consecutively in a row. There was screaming. We heard someone yell, 'Help me. Help me. We need help.' After that the entire building just went silent. Our class ran into the corner, we hid in the corner of the room. It was all we could do."
"It was terrifying because we heard gunshots... and then Dana, she came running down the stairs and saying someone's been shot. And we all went into a room and she went into shock."
The sheriff says when the librarian learned he was being targeted he left the building in order to protect students.
Two molotov cocktails were also found inside the school. One was set off during the shooting causing hallways to fill with smoke. The other was rendered harmless by police.