COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING: Shooting at Arapahoe High School, One Injured, Gunman Dead … Gunman ID’d as 18 Year Old Karl Halverson Pierson
Sadly, another shooting to report, this time from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The shooting took place on Friday afternoon as the gunman entered the high school with a shotgun at approximately 12:33 p.m., near the student parking lot, he asked for the teacher by name. During the gun fire, a 15 year old girl was shot and injured and was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Eventually the shooter turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The school is eight miles from Columbine.
A student identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson walked into a Colorado high school with a shotgun Friday, possibly seeking revenge against a teacher, and critically wounded another student before apparently killing himself, police said.
The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said a second student, initially thought to have suffered a gunshot wound, was actually not injured and only covered with blood from the first victim.
The second student was released from the hospital Friday night.
Robinson also said two Molotov cocktails were found at the scene. One was ignited either “immediately prior to or during the shots being fired,” he said, releasing a “significant amount” of smoke. The second was not deployed and rendered safe.
UPDATE I: The shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson. The incident appears to be an attempted at revenge against the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy, who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team.
Karl Halverson Pierson was the Arapahoe High School student gunman who shot a student inside the school while seeking “revenge” on a staff member, the Arapahoe County Sheriff confirmed Friday night.
Pierson, 18, went into the school armed with a shotgun looking for the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy — who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team, sources told the CALL7 Investigators.
“We were just in the library doing some work and we heard a loud bang. I thought it might have been someone dropping something, but then I heard two more,” said senior Max Minne. “I knew it was a gun for sure.”
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!’”
UPDATE II: Arapahoe High gunman held strong political beliefs, but he does not look like a Tea Party member. Actually, he appears to be a socialist.
The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School on Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, was a gifted debater and might have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.
In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”
Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”
Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were “outside the mainstream,” but they did not elaborate.
Out of the mainstream, really? Has anyone seen lately what the Democrat/Socialist party has been spewing lately? The PJ Tatler makes a very good observation in that Pierson’s political views hardly seem out of the mainstream for Democrats or so they seem very deep thinking. They are the same as Nancy Pelosi talking points (VIDEO) against the GOP.
But oh the all too common hypocrisy from the LEFT, he mocked Republicans, “Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die,” yet Karl Halverson Pierson takes a shotgun into the high school to cause violence and death.