Claire Davis knew Arapahoe High shooter Karl Pierson, but sheriff doesn't see her as target

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Photo and more below.
Update: After the 1999 Columbine High School attack, law enforcers closely guarded most details, to the frustration of pretty much everyone. In contrast, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office has been impressively transparent when it comes to the investigation into Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High School, quickly correcting early misinformation and sharing details like the Latin phrase found on the arm of shooter Karl Pierson. Now, the ACSO is clarifying the relationship status between Pierson and shooting victim Claire Davis: acquaintances but not friends.

At about 12:33 p.m. on Friday, as we've reported, Pierson is said to have gained access to Arapahoe High through the school's north entrance.

He wore a backpack and was armed with a .12 gauge pump action shotgun, three Molotov cocktails, a machete in a canvas scabbard and more than 125 rounds of shotgun ammunition -- steel-shot, buckshot and slug -- worn in two bandoliers slung across his chest.

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Another photo of Claire Davis.
Pierson is thought to have immediately started firing the shotgun as he stepped inside the building, with the second blast striking Davis, who was in the vicinity.

Did Davis and Pierson know each other? That question has lingered despite the apparently random nature of the shooting. Now, the sheriff's office has revealed in a news release that after discussions with Claire's family and friends, it is clear the two of them were "school acquaintances, but were never close friends."

Additionally, the investigation thus far has uncovered no indication that Claire had been specifically targeted by Pierson, or that he knew where she'd be in the school.

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A screen capture from CBS4 coverage on Friday.
Of course, this knowledge won't squelch speculation about Pierson's actions in the shooting. He appears to have planned a large scale attack, given that the aforementioned Latin phrase -- "Alea iacta est," which translates to "The die is cast" -- was accompanied by five room numbers corresponding to spaces in Arapahoe High's library/media center area. Yet the only person he wounded before taking his own life was Davis. Was the sight of a girl he knew terribly hurt by his hand make him suddenly reconsider his scheme and decide to end it all? We'll never know, but it won't stop people from wondering.

In the meantime, Davis remains comatose in critical but stable condition at Littleton Adventist Hospital. As the ACSO points out, "The Davis family continues to request that members of the media respect their privacy during these very difficult times" -- but plenty of friends, family, loved ones and members of the community continue to offer support in any way they can. Yesterday, a prayer service and rally for Davis was held at Cherry Creek High School, normally an Arapahoe High rival, and tomorrow at 7 p.m., Arapahoe alums are staging a fundraiser at the Varsity Inn in Centennial. Here's the blurb from the Facebook event page:

The class of 2002 will be holding a fundraiser for Claire Davis on Friday the 20th from 7 p.m.-close at Varsity Inn. All donations will be sent to the Arapahoe Donation Fund for Claire Davis at First Bank. We know this is a busy time of year and money is tight, so any donation is helpful! If you can't make it you can still donate to her fund at any First Bank location. Please come by if you have a chance and show your Warrior Pride! If you have any questions or would like to help, please send any of us a message! Thank you and stay Warrior Strong!
For more about the event, click here.

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More from our News archive: "Karl Pierson's alleged murder plan at Arapahoe High: 'The die has been cast.'"

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harleyflyer57
harleyflyer57

We not only notified Sullivan of the walsh buttrape  picture. Donna Taylor and I had learned of a Columbine boy, Robert Latin who according to his father had a relation ship with an Arapahoe county sheriff / Columbine coach who was convicted of pedophilia. His son was found hung to death. He and his father were close. Ron Latin suspects foul play even though they ruled Robert's death as a suicide.This was 3 months before the Columbine tragedy. There were many deaths in the area of Columbine. Most involved murder suicide, pedophilia, most can be explained. some haven't been solved. Silencing witnesses could explain a lot of them. There have been a rash of suicides of the close associates of the shooters. 

http://signofthetimes.yuku.com/topic/369/t/Columbine-Related-Deaths-non-4-20.html

harleyflyer57
harleyflyer57

It needs to be known that Hickenlooper was approached by Columbine mother Donna Taylor concerning her son's incarceration. Her webmaster created a website "free mark taylor" It directly asked Gov. Hickenlooper why he allowed the State of Colorado to hold Mark Taylor and drug him against his will . Hickenlooper immediately contacted Mark's attorney threatening him with legal action. The video of Eric Harris being taunted by classmates about being raped is on auto play. They couldn't have missed it. This is our "receipt" if you will that he knew our concerns about the January Incident and walsh buttrape. This ties in with the corruption that kept Sullivan covered up so many years. Google Columbine family request pat sullivan.

harleyflyer57
harleyflyer57

The drugs come into this. They learn to manipulate their doses. In effect the drugs are used as weapons. They become so detached that they can do the unbelievable. You tube Mark Taylor's fight for Columbine. Look what they have done to him. He was speaking to the FDA as a victim of these drugs. They silenced him. He is being held as a political prisoner by the Colorado State mental health system. 

http://columbinefamilyrequest.org/2013/01/john-decamp-drstan-monteith/

jmasters10
jmasters10

This comment from this parent doesn't surprise me at all.  Blame the teacher, blame anyone but himself.  My question is, What did he do to raise a killer?  Here's another question, What selfish act of his led to his son to be so totally selfish?  Who is the world gets mad enough at anybody to kill them and innocent people?  No conscience, no thought of the value of anyone else but himself!!!!  Good job dad, take responsibility.  a beautiful young girl is dead because of you and your wife's lack of parenting skills. 

harleyflyer57
harleyflyer57

Let's find out what the teacher did to provoke this kid. The Columbine tragedy was about boys that got sodomized by cops. They blamed it on the kids bullying. Adam Lanza was obsessed with Columbine and was also sodomized like his hero Eric Harris. Was Pierson sodomized? Left up to this corrupt Law Enforcement Regime led for many years by Pat Sullivan, we will never know. Pitchforks and torches anyone? Maybe that will get us answers. Google Columbine family request.

google Release Mark Taylor  Google January Incident  Google Columbine Sandy hook pedophile. go down the rabbit hole.  

UpIsDown
UpIsDown

The media still refusing to report that the gunman killed himself after being confronted by an armed security person. Propaganda 101.

jmasters10
jmasters10

@harleyflyer57 r u kidding me    blame the teacher for this cruel selfish act of murder....I got mad at teachers in school, but taking in a gun and shooting anybody especially innocent people never in the world occurred to me or any classmates.

jamesandmarsy
jamesandmarsy

And noboby deserves to be shot like the victim was. The little creep who shot her should have just taken his own life if he was so devestated by getting in trouble. A 100 dollars says they will learn via his computer or other sources he studied school shooters and admired them. This kid probably was used to not getting in trouble for bad deeds (like Eric Harris) and was vengeful over a simple punishment. Kids are not driven to commit acts of school violence. They make a choice to do it and then leave b.s. excuses behind to further victimize victims and justify their hate.

jamesandmarsy
jamesandmarsy

Are you serious ? The 2 at Columbine never said they were raped . That claim was made later by people looking at a drawing that looks like a child made it. Harris was a vicious Narcissist to the point of being a Malignant one . Klebold was a self hating bully. Both were pissed about being hauled to jail because they thought it was not fair that they got in trouble while others got away with crime. Wah Wah Wah . Two bitter thugs wanting infamy went to school killed 13 innocent people and harmed 26 others. How does that punish rape or avenge it ? It doesn't. You are perpetuating a crazy conspiracy theory supported by loons.

Stop making school shooting victims the bad guy and stop blaming the teachers. This is another case of a bitter young man who got punished for bad behavior. Obviously guns in the hands of mentally ill people who feel the need to punish innocent people for their own mistakes is a disaster. We will never end this violence because people refuse to admit shooters are bitter mentally illindividuals or have personality disorders that cause severe over reaction to a normal situation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UpIsDown <== clueless shitbag liar continues to spew his idiocy.


YOU originally claimed there was no security guard, and that armed security would have prevented this tragedy.


That there was in fact an armed school officer on scene proves you're nothing but an ignorant lying lowlife maggot.


Now you attempt to adopt yet another gun-loon lie, like the lying piece of crap that you are. 


Fact is, the shooter had already killed himself before the school security officer even knew where he was.


Keep lying, shitsucker, it's your only skill.


UpIsDown
UpIsDown

@DonkeyHotay @UpIsDown  Whatever. You have no idea what u r talking about, as usual. I was mis-informed initially by the mainstream media as to the role that the security guard played in stopping the shooting. This FACT doesn't fit the talking points that the media are directed to follow.Believing everything the state run media tells you shows what a mindless sheep you really are. Among other things the media conveniently left out of their story is this reject is a self-proclaimed socialist/communist much like the rest of the gun grabbing crowd. What freaks you all are.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UpIsDown " I was mis-informed ..."


The story of your pathetic life.


So like a typical lying gun-loon, you just made shit up to fit your gun-tard agenda.


Keep lying, cunt.


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