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CO Governor Praises School For Quick Response

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By Brittany Cooper

Arapahoe, Colorado ( CNN ) Less than 90–seconds. That's how long Friday's shooting incident at Arapahoe High School in Colorado lasted.

Authorities say 17–year–old Karl Pierson entered the school, fully armed, shot a fellow student and ignited at least one Molotov cocktail.

Governor John Hickenlooper, appearing on CNNs "State of the Union" said the rampage may have lasted longer had it not been for the quick reaction of an official who was on campus.

Hickenlooper adds, "this is a large high school and like many other large high schools, there's kids coming in and out all the time. They did have a deputy sheriff on the premise. And the moment there was trouble, he was running into the scene, but there's a balance. And school administrators and school boards are trying to make a school not be a fortress, they want it to be a place of education. And that's one of the decisions we're gonna be looking at going down the road with another shooting like this."

Authorities say Pierson shot senior Claire Davis at point–blank range.
She's listed in critical condition.

According to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, there was no known link between Pierson and Davis.


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