Around midnight last night, campus police at Florida State University responded to calls about a shooting in the school’s 24/7 library. There, they shot and killed a gunman who refused to put his weapon down, and reportedly opened fire on the officers. Details of the shooting are still coming in this morning, but there are reports that three students were shot, at least one of whom is in critical condition.
According to the vice president of student affairs, at the time of the shooting, the library of the 40,000-student schooled was “packed.” FSU students inside the building tweeted photos of makeshift barricades made out of desk and shelves that they created when the gunshots broke out. Though the campus will remain open today, the school’s president has decided to cancel all classes ... Discuss
Since the day a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School, taking the lives of 20 children, there have been 74 more school shootings across the United States. After this week’s latest shooting, in which a gunman killed one student and injured a teacher at an Oregon high school, the organization Everytown posted data about each assault, homicide, suicide and accidental shooting that has taken place on a school campus since that terrible day in December of 2012. Using Zeemaps, The Huffington Post’s Mark Gongloff, mapped each incident in the shocking image below ... Discuss
The parents of Claire Davis, the Colorado high school student killed in a recent school shooting, have a message for people following the story: Forgive the shooter. Police say on Dec. 13, a student named Karl Pierson drove to Arapahoe County High School armed with a shotgun, with the intention of confronting a teacher he had a falling out with. Instead, in a random act of violence, he shot classmate Claire Davis before turning the gun on himself. During a memorial service for his daughter this week, Michael Davis said that he and his wife forgive the shooter:
My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did. We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson. He didn't know what he was doing … The fact is that Karl was so blinded by his emotions he didn't know what he was doing … Unchecked anger and rage can lead to hatred, and unchecked hatred can lead to tragedy, blindness and a loss of humanity. The last thing Desiree [Claire’s mother] and I would want is to perpetuate this anger and rage and hatred in connection with Claire. Claire would also not want this.
Claire Davis, the 17-year-old Arapahoe High School student who was shot by a classmate on Dec. 13, has died at the hospital. Davis appeared to be a random victim, being shot by a fellow classmate moments before the gunman took his own life. In a statement, her parents said that they continue to pray for the community, and remember their daughter and the impact she made on the lives of her family and friends. “The grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger" ... Discuss
The family and friends of 17-year-old Claire Davis have launched a #PrayforClaire Twitter campaign, as users from around the world post their thoughts and prayers for the school shooting victim. Police say that on Friday, a student in Colorado brought a shotgun to school, and when he couldn’t find the librarian he intended to confront, the gunman shot Claire Davis in the head instead. Authorities told CNN that they believe it was a random of act of violence, and the two did not even know each other. Soon after, the shooter took his own life. This weekend, hundreds came out to a prayer vigil for Davis who remains in a coma and is in critical condition. In a statement, her family said, "We appreciate your continued good thoughts and prayers, and will provide updates as her condition improves" ... Discuss
Details are still coming in, but according to local media reports, police are responding to an “active shooting situation” at Arapahoe High School, near the city of Denver. According to some reports, there are at least two victims, and the suspect may still be inside the school. We’ll post more details as they are reported ...
UPDATE: Police say that the shooter, who was a male student at the school, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot. At least one victim, who is a minor, is being treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital. Discuss