Some additional details have emerged about the siege at Platte Canyon High School in Colorado that left the gunman and a hostage dead…
Authorities did not release the name of the victim, but friends of the family said she was 16-year-old Emily Keyes. Lynn Bigham, a friend of the victim’s, described Emily as “sweet and affectionate.”
The man, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and carrying a backpack, entered the school at 11:40 a.m., apparently looking for someone specific, according to witnesses, although police would not confirm that.
He entered Sandra Smith’s honors English class and fired a shot in the air, then told all the students to stand facing the chalkboard, said Tom Grigg, whose son, Cassidy, was in the classroom.
Then, the gunman approached each boy in the class and told them to get out.
“A guy came up and pointed a gun at (Cassidy) and told him to leave,” Grigg said. “He said, ‘No, I want to stay with the girls,’ and the guy put the gun in his face and said, ‘You. Out of here.”‘
Police would not say whether the gunman sexually assaulted any of the girls. But Grigg said his son told him, “There were some really bad things that happened in that classroom.” He did not elaborate.
The gunman had shielded himself with one of the two girls, the sheriff said. He declined to say whether deputies fired any shots in the classroom.
As usual, the guy with the gun is a coward.