School Shooter Killed Self Within 2 Minutes: Sheriff
Victim Claire Davis 'not doing well': father
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2013 6:45 PM CST
Police use a dog to do an initial search at the Highlands Ranch, Colo., home of the 18-year-old shooting suspect Karl Pierson.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) School shooting suspect Karl Pierson shot himself within a minute and 20 seconds of entering Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, county sheriff Grayson Robinson says. He reportedly shot himself during a confrontation with an officer. "I believe that that shooter took his life because he knew that he had been found," Robinson says, per CNN. Pierson's weapons included three explosives and a knife; his shotgun and ammunition were, according to the sheriff, purchased legally, CNN tweets.

Pierson fired five times, the sheriff notes. That included a point-blank shot at 17-year-old Claire Davis, who was critically injured and, her father tells ABC7, is "not doing well." Robinson says Davis came out of surgery faring worse. CNN adds that molotov cocktails were found in the school; one was burning when investigators entered. Pierson was reportedly targeting the school's debate coach.

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Drew Johnson
Dec 15, 2013 3:54 PM CST
purchased the guns "legally"? i thought you had to be 21 to purchase a gun... or is it different in CO? i dont care if for or against guns, but isnt 18 too young for a short tempered teen to have a firearm?? seem to me way too immature at that age.
Dec 15, 2013 3:04 PM CST
The good news: He's dead
Dec 15, 2013 2:22 PM CST
Anyone check the county water supply lately?