Eighteen-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson has been identified as the gunman at Arapahoe High School yesterday in Centennial, Colorado. Tracy Murphy has been identified as the Librarian and Debate Coach that “recently kicked Pierson off the debate team.” Pierson entered the school armed and was allegedly looking for Murphy who was able to escape by leaving school premises. Eye-witness report below along with information on Pierson’s political leanings.
Minne, who was studying in the library during his 5th period class, said he started to approach the front door of the library to see what was happening.
“The shooter just ripped through the door, started yelling, ‘Where’s Murphy?’ — That’s the main librarian of the school. I saw him bust through the door of the library with a gun, so I just took off and started yelling, ‘Everyone get out! Everyone get out!'”
Minne said he ran out of the library through a back door with other students. It led them through a classroom and into the hallway near the west entrance.
The hallway, Minne said, was filled with smoke.
“There was a girl on the ground and she was bleeding out of her stomach — at least that’s what I thought it was. I was sprinting so fast that I didn’t really get a look at her. She was on her knees,” he said. “I wish I would have done something. Tried to get her out. But everything was happening so fast, tunnel vision, just trying to get out of there as quick as I can.”
The 15-year-old girl who was shot was airlifted to Littleton Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. Source: The Denver Channel
The source linked about also quotes others saying Pierson was “bright but difficult and argumentative,” with a “combative personality.” Note that in the article linked above, that source is not confirming that Pierson was removed from the Debate Team but says the shooting was a “revenge shooting.”
Early reports of two students wounded were incorrect. A second female who was “covered in blood” was taken to the hospital but was not injured.
Fire Andrea Mitchell has information that Pierson expressed anti-gun rights on his Facebook page and mocked Republicans. Read the background here.
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