UPDATED: Two injured after student opens fire at Colorado high school; officials say shooter takes own life
A student opened fire at a Colorado high school on Friday before apparently taking his own life, and at least two other students were injured in the violence, law enforcement officials said.
One of the victims was in serious condition with gunshot wounds at a local hospital, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said at a televised news conference. The second victim suffered minor injuries and may not have been hit by bullets.
The incident comes a day before the first anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Television images from the Colorado school show students running out of the building with their hands raised and gathering on a track field. Some students were shown being patted down after leaving the school.
A woman who answered the phone at a Yogurtland across the street said her store was being evacuated and dozens of police officers were at the school with guns drawn.
Phone calls to the Arapahoe High School were not answered. A spokesman for Littleton Public Schools, the district which administers the school, said the school had been placed on lockdown.
Centennial is a suburban community south of Denver, not far from the unincorporated community in nearby Jefferson County that is home to Columbine High School, where two students killed 13 students and staff there before shooting themselves to death in 1999.