Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Colorado School Evacuated:Gunman Holds Hostages, Kills Student and Commits Suicide

Students were evacuated from a Colorado high school today after shots were fired, hostages were taken and the perpetrator claimed to have explosives.

Lance Clem, a spokesperson for the Colorado State Troopers confirmed the crisis as well as a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office.

Platte Canyon High School is about 30 miles from Littleton, Colorado, which was the scene of the Columbine High School shooting rampage that shocked America.

"We moved up here for the mountain solitude and I just thought this would never happen in this school, but it happens everywhere," said a parent according to an AP report.

The crisis ended after the gunman shot and critically wounded a student who later died and then committed suicide when the SWAT team entered the facility.

Other schools in the area were put in lockdown, preventing egress until authorized by school administrators.

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