A student armed with a shotgun entered a Colorado high school Friday looking for a specific teacher, then shot two students before apparently killing himself, police said.
One student was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the other suffered a minor gunshot wound and was expected to be released from the hospital Friday night.
Robinson also told a news conference a possible Molotov cocktail was found at the scene and authorities are examining the device.
Police did not release the name or age of the student who died from the apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Robinson said that after the student entered the high school at approximately 12:33 p.m., near the student parking lot, he asked for a specific teacher by name. That teacher, he said, made a “wise tactical decision” by choosing to leave the building in hopes of drawing the armed student outside.
Robinson said he did not know if the student was enrolled in the teacher’s class.
Although authorities initially said they believed the student who suffered critical wounds had confronted the gunman, Robinson said “it now appears the student was simply in the area of the shooter and was shot.”
He said the gunman’s body was found in the interior of the building, in a classroom and that he “apparently killed himself.”
Video shot from helicopters showed students leaving the building in orderly fashion, with their hands raised. They were then frisked by security officers before moving on.
The school is about 8 miles east of Columbine High School in Littleton, where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.
The Associated Press contributed to this report