Machete-wielding student aimed for mass carnage in Colorado
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The teenage gunman who shot two Colorado students was armed with many rounds of ammunition, a machete and three Molotov cocktails for a planned commando-style attack, authorities have said.
In a shocking rampage that officials said lasted one minute and 20 seconds, the 18-year-old Arapahoe High School student identified as Karl Pierson fired point blank at fellow student Claire Davis and shot another student before killing himself on Friday.
Davis, 17, was receiving treatment in hospital for severe head trauma. She was listed in critical condition and in a statement, her family asked for "continued prayers." But it could have been much worse, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.
"The individual also had multiple rounds of shotgun ammunition strapped across his body, and he was also armed with a machete," he told reporters on Saturday.