Last week, a crazed socialist student named Karl Pierson took a shotgun to his high school in Centennial, Colorado, to kill. The student (whom other students called a “Communist”), may have been looking for his debate team coach.
Pierson was armed with a shotgun (legal), a bandolier of ammunition and three molotov cocktails. On his way to find his coach, he shot another student apparently at random. He fired a shot down a hallway and set off one of his molotov cocktails. Then, something different happened:
The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of a deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school, Robinson said.
Once he learned of the threat, he ran — accompanied by an unarmed school security officer and two administrators — from the cafeteria to the library, Robinson said. “It’s a fairly long hallway, but the deputy sheriff got there very quickly.”
The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. “We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.”
He praised the deputy’s response as “a critical element to the shooter’s decision” to kill himself, and lauded his response to hearing gunshots. “He went to the thunder,” he said. “He heard the noise of gunshot and, when many would run away from it, he ran toward it to make other people safe.”
Thanks to the armed deputy sheriff, the shooting was over in 80 seconds. How many lives were saved? We will never know, but the gunman’s behavior indicates he was willing to kill many people.