Colorado school shooting brings back year-old memories


A school shooting in Colorado has left a student wounded, two others with minor injuries, and the gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to USA Today.

The shooting occurred at the Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, a suburb of Denver around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

The Denver Post says the high school is located just eight miles east of the Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.

CNN reports Sheriff Grayson Roberts says the shooter appears to have acted alone. Roberts said the shooter entered the high school carrying a shotgun and made no attempt to hide it.

At a press conference, the sheriff said the student was looking for a specific teacher. The shooter was walking the halls calling out the teachers name, according to a report from ABC News. ABC reports that a janitor says a shot was fired at the teacher as the teacher fled the library.

That faculty member was escorted from the building, according to the CNN report. The gunman's body was found in a classroom a few minutes later.

The shooting happened on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the New Town, Connecticut, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

School security has been a major focus of many Minnesota school districts since the Sandy Hook shooting, according to a report from the Minnesota Public Radio News.

MPR says the measures vary by district. Some have added new alarms, classroom door locks and security cameras and some have even considered hiring new police officers and security guards.

The issue even landed a Fargo-Moorhead area television reporter in some trouble after she investigated school security in Fargo and West Fargo, North Dakota and in Moorhead, Minnesota.

As Bring Me The News earlier reported, Valley News Live's Mellaney Moore is being investigated for trespassing in both Moorhead and West Fargo.

For those personally affected the the shootings in Sandy Hook, the pain lingers.

WCCO reports that Paul Hagan of Minneapolis lost his niece in that shooting. He told WCCO AM that the family is still recovering. Hagan asked that mourners perform an act of kindness tomorrow to honor those lost.

Protect Minnesota will have several events commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings at a few locations in the Twin Cities, according to KSTP.

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