School Shooting Victim in a Coma
Claire Davis didn't know gunman, police say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2013 12:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 16, 2013 7:53 AM CST
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson holds a picture of Claire Davis during a briefing at Arapahoe High School.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – The 17-year-old girl shot in the head in Friday's Colorado school shooting is in a coma and fighting for her life, her family says. Claire Davis "remains in critical condition. She is stable, but is in a coma," the family said in a statement. "The first responders got Claire to the right place, at the right time, and the doctors and hospital staff are doing a wonderful job taking care of her." The county sheriff says Claire was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when gunman Karl Pierson walked into Arapahoe High School seeking to attack the debate coach who benched him, reports NBC. Police don't believe Pierson even knew Claire.

Investigators are still trying to determine what went on between the debate coach and Pierson, who took his own life seconds after shooting Claire, the Denver Post reports. Classes at the high school, where more than a thousand people gathered for a vigil yesterday, have been cancelled today. Friends and family members describe her as an outgoing, athletic girl who loved horses. "She was just a very sweet girl. She's really smart," a classmate tells CNN. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has asked the nation to pray for Claire, credits security measures put in place after the nearby Columbine High School shooting in 1999 with preventing the shooting from having been much worse, reports the AP.

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Dec 16, 2013 10:56 AM CST
Keep in mind that this and all previous events like it happened in a GUN FREE ZONE(NO GUNS ALLOWED). On average 116 people die every 24 hours by motor vehicles in the US. What should we do about that?
Tim Meeks
Dec 16, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Y'all love your guns. I know guns don't kill people, people kill people, funny how the people killing people have a gun.
Dec 16, 2013 10:00 AM CST
If we do not control the access to guns we will never get the problem under control. This lack of control and easy access is at the heart of the issue. We cannot make people get mental health care. We cannot tell people they cannot own guns, but we can restrict ownership in some way. As a nation we choose not to do what can be done which is make laws that would somehow restrict young men such as this from buying a gun. Until we are ready to answer these hard questions, young people, mentally ill people, violent people, abusive people will have this easy access to get a gun so they can make kill someone. This is not a political issue except as a country we are not addressing the real problem. Easy access to anyone over the age of 18. There is also the accountability problem. If an older person is shown responsible to own a gun...they must make every reasonable effort to keep the gun out of the hands of others who are not. When we refuse to have the conversation and only make these trite useless statements, we only show our ignorance...again.