Thursday, September 28, 2006

Another Shooting At A CO High School

From CNN:

An armed standoff at a high school in Bailey, Colorado, ended after three hours Wednesday with a hostage and the gunman dead.

The gunman walked into the school and took hostages in a classroom, where he later fatally shot a female student and turned the gun on himself as a SWAT team stormed inside, authorities said.

Local media and the Associated Press identified the Platte Canyon High School student as 16-year-old Emily Keyes, citing co-workers, friends and classmates. She was flown to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where she died at 4:32 p.m. (6:32 p.m. ET), said hospital spokeswoman Bev Lilly.

Initially, the gunman took six female students hostage, then released four of them one at a time, Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said. The gunman fired one shot as he entered classroom 206; authorities were able to speak to him through the door.

"The suspect initially talked to deputies, but later spoke only through the hostages," according to a Park County sheriff's statement. "Deputies maintained intermittent verbal contact with the suspect, through the hostages, for the majority of the incident ... The suspect made threats and indicated that at 4 p.m. (6 p.m. ET), "something will happen."

As authorities attempted to negotiate with the gunman through a hostage, his behavior became "more and more agitated," Wegener said. The gunman was shielding himself with one of the hostages, he said. He cut off communication with authorities about 3:30 p.m.

"It was then decided that a tactical solution needed to be done in an effort to save the two hostages that were in the room," Wegener said. "Entry was made. The suspect shot one of the hostages and then shot himself -- that's what it looks like at this time."

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