This afternoon, a student allegedly open fired at a Colorado high school and then shot himself dead.
At this time, officials believe at least two students were injured as a result of the incident. One of those students is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
The shooting took place at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, a suburb of Denver — not far from Columbine High School, where a school shooting took place in 1999.
Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the Centennial shooter was male, but would not disclose his identity. Robinson said, “We have not been able to locate a second suspect, but that’s part of our ongoing investigation.”
The sheriff said the suspected gunman initially entered the school to confront a specific teacher. That teacher was alerted of the situation and was able to exit to school before the suspect found her.
During and after the incident, dozens of students could be seen exiting Arapahoe High with their hands in the air. Worried parents rushed to the school grounds but were instructed to wait at a nearby church while students were pat down by police on the high school’s track field.
Arapahoe High School has 2,229 students and 70 classrooms. It is a part of the Littleton Public Schools system.
Today’s shooting took place one day before the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting which resulted in the death of 20 elementary school students.