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Arapahoe High School Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A student gunman opened fire at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, this afternoon, at about 12:30 p.m. local time.

Here’s what we know:


1. The Suspect Is Dead & At Least One Victim Is Injured

According to the Denver Post, the suspected gunman opened fire at the school early this afternoon, critically wounding one student, who reportedly confronted the shooter:

A second student was also injured, but not by gunfire.

The suspect was later found dead of a gunshot wound, apparently self-inflicted.

Several students told Denver Post reporter Ryan Parker that the shooting occurred inside the cafeteria.


2. The Shooter Was Reportedly Seeking Out a Specific Teacher at the School

According to Fox’s Denver affiliate KDVR, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson confirmed that the shooter was himself a student at Arapahoe High-School, and had “identified a specific teacher he was interested in targeting.”

ABC News is reporting that the teacher, aware he was being targeted, left the school in an effort to draw the shooter with him:


3. The School Is 8.2 miles From Columbine High & 17 Miles From Aurora

Reporters and Twitter users were quick to point out the stunning proximity to two of the nation’s most notorious mass shootings. The shooting also comes the day before the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.


4. Students Were Frisked as They Evacuated

With the gunman still unidentified at the time of evacuation, students were forced to flee their school with their hands up, their bodies promptly frisked by SWAT teams.


5. Colorado Enacted New Gun Safety Legislation This Past March

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

In response to the shootings in Aurora, Tucson and Newtown, Democrats in the Colorado state legislature pushed through three new gun bills back in March. The bills restricted ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, required universal background checks for all gun purchases, and forced gun customers to assume the cost of those checks.

A primary goal of the legislation was to reduce the number of casualties any one shooting incident might incur. By mandating smaller ammunition clips, legislators hoped to slow down would-be mass shooters. Governor Hickenlooper explained:

“In certain circumstances, someone bent on destruction, even if they’re slowed just for a number of seconds, that allows others to escape,” he said.

Details on the particular kind of firearm and ammunition used at Arapahoe were not immediately available.

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