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Karl Pierson's alleged murder plan at Arapahoe High: "The die has been cast"

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Update: Following Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High School, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson hinted that what some initially interpreted as a limited attack by gunman Karl Pierson, with librarian/debate-team coach Tracy Murphy as the single target, was actually a broader plot for death and destruction. Now, Robinson's office has unveiled chilling details to reinforce this theory, including assorted scrawlings on his arm -- school room numbers plus a Latin phrase that translates to "The die is cast." Get more information and see photos and video below.

The latest Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office release traces last week's events with unsettling precision. Just before 12:33 p.m. on Friday, 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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A banner at Arapahoe High, seen in a 7News image, sends good wishes, prayers and support to Claire Davis.
The latest account further debunks early reports about a confrontation between Pierson and the student he shot: Claire Davis, seventeen, who remains comatose in critical but stable condition at Littleton Adventist Hospital. The ACSO believes Pierson immediately began firing the shotgun as he stepped inside the building, with the second blast striking Davis, who just happened to be in the vicinity.

In the next minute or so, Pierson fired the shotgun three more times before taking his own life in Arapahoe's library/media center -- an area Murphy had already exited in what Robinson called an important tactical decision.

Upon examining Pierson's body, personnel with the Arapahoe County coroner's office discovered a Latin phrase -- "Alea iacta est" -- scrawled on his forearm in what's described as indelible marker.

These words, which translate to "The Die is Cast," have long been a popular tattoo, as witnessed by this image....

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...and this one:

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In addition, the coroner discovered five separate letters/numbers that correlate with the library and other classrooms in the school's media center area, the ACSO divulges.

The conclusion of the sheriff's office: The numbers are indicative of a "shooter's plan" -- presumably one intended to take many lives and inflict even greater damage.

The inquiry is far from over. The ACSO characterizes the continuing investigation "robust" and "ongoing" as well as "deliberate" and "methodical," which implies that these are hardly the last revelations likely to emerge about this terrible day.

Regarding Davis, this is the most recent post on the Littleton Adventist Hospital Facebook page about her:

As of 5 p.m. [Tuesday], nearly 100 cards and notes have been brought to the hospital for Claire and her family. We'd like to recognize the local elementary school who brought by a large envelope of notes and drawings from their students.

Additionally, TLC Meals on Wheels has received $700 in donations and $1,500 has been donated to the Littleton Hospital Foundation for local youth mental health awareness and support programs on Claire's behalf.

Thank you all very much for your outpouring of support. Please continue to keep Claire and her family in your prayers.

Here's a CBS4 report about the latest developments.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive: "Karl Pierson's parents: We're devastated by Arapahoe High shooting."


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104 comments
J_Hess7
J_Hess7

This is ridicules.  It doesn't matter if he was a liberal or a conservative.  The fact of the matter is that this kid was messed up and was able to get a gun and 125 rounds of varying ammunition.  As UNITED AMERICANS, we need to figure out a way to stop all this gun violence!  The 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms) needs to be re-thought.  I'm not saying make all guns illegal or persecute everybody that has one, but we need to be much stricter on the types of guns sold, the ammunition available, background checks, among many other things.  I don't think that this will ever stop completely, but we need to stop giving out guns to everybody in this nation!!!  Capitol Hill needs to get off their asses and learn to compromise on this matter.  I am a freshman at Arapahoe High School, and none of you people will understand where I am coming from or what we went through on that day.  None of you know everything, nor do I, yet I am begging and pleading for everyone to stop fighting like children about this.  If you want a change, then make one!!  Realize that there is really no need to have a damn armory in your houses anymore!!!  If the time where we all need to fight arises again, then go right ahead with your guns, but in times like this there is no real need.  Guns do not kill people, people kill people.  But making the tools of destruction so readily available is why this violence continues!!!  Have a good night and stay Warrior Strong.

johninlongmont1
johninlongmont1

so when do we find out if he was under a doctor's care and on any meds?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Debbie....Why do you keep posting butthurt??????? WHY?????????

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

You do realize that people with an axe to grind resort to violent retribution REGARDLESS of the potential level of press coverage?

JP Thomason
JP Thomason

Was this kid on anti-depressants, etc? That seems to be a common thread since Columbine involving student school-shooters...

Lindy Monroe
Lindy Monroe

See now u feel bad for his family, thery never knew he would take it this Far.

UpIsDown
UpIsDown

The LIB-TARD ALL-STAR LIST

****************************************

Arapahoe High School Shooter: liberal socialist communist 

Chris Dorner: liberal police officer

Unabomber: liberal whacko

Boston marathon bombers: liberal Obama supporters. 

Discovery channel shooter: liberal enviro whacko. 

Ft. Hood shooter: Registered Democrat 

Columbine shooters: children of Democrats and progressive liberals. 

Virginia Tech shooter: Registered Democrat. 

Colorado Theater shooter: Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign

Connecticut School Shooter: Registered Democrat; hated Christians. 

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords shooter: Leftist, registered Democrat.

JFK assassin: communist, loved Russia and Cuba

RFK assassin: social justice activist

Martin Luther King Jr. assassin: Democrat activist and convicted felon

Bill Ayers: Weatherman underground bomber and Obama's autobiography ghost writer

Kyle McCall
Kyle McCall

Could you please run his picture more?

Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott

What is wrong with our culture? How much Can you get from fame when you're dead? Why would someone have a much larger plan and more weapons but kill themselves in the library? Was remorse involved? Did he act before thinking? Did he have support or was he just really messed up and hiding it well? We should be exploring these questions not being monsters ourselves by allowing hate to breed in our hearts for a clearly disturbed boy. Jesus would still love him. The hate only consumes you, not the boy who did this. We should answer those questions in order to understand humans better. These tragedies do not happen more nowadays. Glorification is not to blame. We just hear about it more now that their is world wide news. The human race is sick in many ways. You can only control your actions so quit pointing the finger and living in hate otherwise you are part of the problem.

Chelly Serna
Chelly Serna

Yet, white people are waaaay more likely to kill themselves with a gun than any other race. Hmm... I guess they need to start fearing their own self?

JimTom
JimTom

Just another educated liberal with a gun.

modelhntr
modelhntr

What makes a well respected and liked honor student lose it and go on a killing spree.  I suggest the sheriff should have some hard questions for the debate coach he wanted to kill.  Something blew this kids' mind -- I have to wonder if the teacher blew something else.  Something went on with that teacher to set the kid off.

Carlos Wey
Carlos Wey

Fuck that stupid fuck!! Ya should stop talking about him !! He didn't win a prize or trophy so quit the picture shit no one wants to see pics of him smiling and shit!??

Andrea Gallo
Andrea Gallo

This is news from yesterday! All your doing is flooding the news feed with this guys picture! Nobody cares to see his face anymore!!

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

Westword, your constant bombardment of this story is no doubt encouraging another monster to make his move. Your reporters are irresponsible and, at worst, raking muck in order to ensure further horrendous news. Since I never read your rag to begin with, I would like to take a moment to remind your undereducated writers that his kind of blatant yellow journalism is what inspired Klebold and Harris to perpetuate their attrocity. Now stop, for the love of god and everything decent, before you do the same thing.

Matt Gunderson
Matt Gunderson

Hahaha the new trend of public opinion.... Stop making them famous.... They only do it for the fame... No not another picture of him Oooooo the horror! Haha STFU, you do realize if you didn't read, watch, post they wouldn't? They cover what's popular and our sick twisted nation eats this shit up.

Kandis Bigham
Kandis Bigham

seriously stop reporting on this kids... we don't want to give him any fame because that's what he was seeking. let give our attention to the victims and those who suffer and need the communities support.

Tyler Hill
Tyler Hill

maybe the teacher did something to provoke this. kicking the kid off the team just instigated this. i say blame the teacher

Brad Jones
Brad Jones

Stop glorifying this kid. It is a form of porn for the next whacko to be glorified like this kid wanted. Gross.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Only comment worth reading here...while the other Zack's and LOuis' as well as Mr. Salazars all have some validity...folks commenting, are...well...smh.

Jared Forqueran
Jared Forqueran

Zechariah, you're an idiot. All we're doing is glorifying his actions. Report the story, yes, make his face well known? Completely unnecessary.

Brenda Weston
Brenda Weston

I wonder if he was on any prescription drugs. Most shooters are for either depression, ADD, etc. it is a surprisingly high percentage of kids being drugged now.

Carrie Spyra
Carrie Spyra

Lydia Cabrera, I understand that you don't want his pic up, but some of us are living out of state for a while and appreciate the updates and coverage.

Greg Hall
Greg Hall

What this report failed to inform you on, is the fact that the only reason that only one person was injured was because there was an armed deputy sheriff on site that was about to take this asshole out. If there would've been someone armed at Sandyhook that guy wouldn't have taken anybody out. At Arapaho, the deputy arrived within 80 seconds. It took a little over five minutes for that guy to shoot through the window into Sandyhook

Scott Kerwin
Scott Kerwin

Once again with this fuktards picture? You are turning into a tabloid.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UpIsDown ... all facilitated by the TeaTard Repuglican liberal access gun policies.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... keeps the fear of GOD in those uneducated teabaggers and repugs.




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brendan Flynn ... stop looking at it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Carlos Wey ... show us your mug shot, thug.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Shawn Allbritten "Westword, your constant bombardment of this story is no doubt encouraging another monster to make his move."


So you feel encouraged to make your move?


Do tell.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kandis Bigham... he's dead, so how would he know how much "fame" fools like you are giving him?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brad Jones <=== hopless porn addict.


Now run along back to playing GFA

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jared Forqueran ... so why do *you* feel he is "glorious" ??


Be specific.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brenda Weston ... imagine how unbalanced and whacky they'd be without those drugs.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Scott Kerwin ... you can't stop reading it, can you?


..Matt...
..Matt...

Because it's replete with guntard lies.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@..Matt...   Golly mutt, "guntard"- did you make that up all by your little old self?


Some people (mutt would be one) are so fucking stupid they can't comprehend how fucking stupid they are.  

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