(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — Colorado authorities confirmed a shooting incident at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. on Friday that left one student dead and two others injured. The suspected gunman was found dead inside the school from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The injured students, one in serious condition and another minorly injured, were transported to a local hospital.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the suspect entered the school Friday afternoon with a shotgun, looking for an specific teacher. Authorities received a call of an active shooter situation around 12:33 p.m.
Students were evacuated from the building with their hands in the air, some being frisked by authorities on their way out. They are being transported on school buses to Shepherd of the Hills Church to be reunited with family members.
The school has been cleared and secured.
Berny Accosta, a student at the high school, said he was three classrooms away from the incident when he heard the first shot, followed by what he said were least three more.
“We went immediately into lockdown drill. Turned all the lights off, got as far from the windows and doors as we could,” Accosta said. “I saw blood on the ground of the study center when evacuated — that’s where there was a lot of blood on the ground. That’s where the ambulance carried people out from.”
Ethan Bilek said he heard three shots outside his classroom door.
“Half of the kids I was around, we were shaking, some of us were crying,” Bilek said. “We were texting family and loved ones.”
Officials are not releasing the identity of the gunman.
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