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Arapahoe Shooting Suspect Dead After High School Attack; 3 Hurt

Image: Arapahoe Shooting Suspect Dead After High School Attack; 3 Hurt Media cover a briefing by Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo.

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 04:24 PM

By Ken Mandel

Three students were injured when a gunman opened fire at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Friday. The suspect, also a student, was later declared dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

The Denver Post reported that the students were shot by a classmate in the cafeteria, citing other students who had fled the school to a shopping center across the street. An Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office dispatcher confirmed that there had been a shooting.

The three injured students were transported to hospitals; two of them were reported in good condition, CNN said. Details on the other person were not released.

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The gunman was reportedly going after a faculty member, CNN said.

South Metro Fire Rescue spokesperson Becky O'Guin told the Denver Post that firefighters were dispatched to the school at 12:30 p.m. local time.

The shooting comes almost a year to the day of a tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., when 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 students and six adult faculty members.

Colorado has also had its share of tragedies. On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting inside of an Aurora movie theater occurred during a midnight screening of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured. The sole suspect, James Eagan Holmes, was quickly arrested outside the cinema.

Also in the surrounding area, on April 20, 1999, teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 students and faculty at Columbine High School. Arapahoe High School is only about 10 miles from Columbine.

About 2,000 students are enrolled at Arapahoe High School.

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