Arapahoe Sheriff: School Shooting Suspect Dead

One student was seriously wounded in Arapahoe, Colo., school shooting.

Students gather just outside of Arapahoe High School as police respond to reports of a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
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One student was seriously wounded in a school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., and the suspected shooter is dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, police said Friday afternoon.

The shooting was called into police at 12:33 p.m. local time and the male shooter was "down" within 14 minutes, Arapahoe Sheriff Grayson Robinson told reporters.

"We know the suspect was a student at Arapahoe High School; we have his identity and we are currently in contact with his family," Robinson said. "The [wounded] student was transferred by Littleton fire and rescue in serious condition."

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Another student suffered minor wounds, but Robinson said they might not have been the result of a gunshot.

The suspect reportedly identified a specific teacher he was looking for before the shooting began.

"The student identified a specific teacher at Arapahoe High School that he was interested in confronting and that teacher was informed of this situation and exited the school quickly," Robinson said. "We have had no threats, we've had no issues that we were concerned with at this school this week or in the immediate past."

Robinson said authorities are looking into the possibility of another suspect, but do not believe there is any remaining immediate threat.

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Arapahoe High School has about 2,200 students and is in the same school district where 12 students and one teacher were killed in a 1999 shooting rampage at Columbine High School, before the two gunmen killed themselves.

Cable news cameras showed students calmly funneling out of the school Friday with their arms above their heads. Police searched each of the students, who gathered on a snow-covered track outside the school, to ensure any potential additional suspects did not escape.

Robinson said he would brief the press in more detail later in the day.

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