On Friday afternoon, I received a call from my grandmother:
Mamaw: “Are you near the shooting?”
Me: “You mean the stabbing?” (thinking about the multiple stabbings from the night before)
Mamaw: “No, there’s another school shooting, it’s in Littleton…”
After we were able to get a hold of the guest for the evening to reschedule, we were in the car and on our way. We talked the whole time there about what we were going to try to do ; Getting as close as we could to the scene and seeing if we could talk to any witnesses (without interfering with the investigation or emergency responders, of course) was our primary goal.
We even talked about going to the hospital the victims were being sent to, to see if there was a ruckus there or not. We had no idea what was going on minute-by-minute during our drive there, so in our minds we were thinking in terms of dozens of victims, not just one or two. We were thinking that maybe if the victims were fake (aka the Sandy Hook hoax), they just wouldn’t show up at the hospital (or be reported to be at a different hospital, so no eyebrows will be raised by hospital staff). (See “crisis actors” below).
I thought it to be a pretty good idea, except we wouldn’t be given any information whatsoever, because of patient confidentiality laws (like HIPAA), compounded with the fact that the victims were likely minors and the media wouldn’t be allowed to report their names to the public (at least not right away).
A secondary goal of ours was to ascertain whether elements of a “false flag operation” were present or not, on the scene and out of the control of the mainstream media. We needed to see for ourselves if there were crisis actors or not, and if there were, we wanted to catch them in the act.
The latest news before we left the house at 2:00 was that there could be multiple gunmen, that the gunman (or gunmen) were still on the loose, that multiple students were injured, and that all Littleton and Elizabeth schools were on lockdown/shelter-in-place.
When we entered the general area around the school, we looked up the news stories on our phone. By that time – about 2:10 – we found out that the gunman was now dead, and that it was over a dispute with a teacher. At that point, “lone gunman” was the phrase being used exclusively by the mainstream media to describe the situation, so we were automatically suspicious.
As we approached the school at about 2:30, the church that the kids took shelter in during the shooting was on our left, and the roads were blocked off past that point, and all the way down the road for about 3 blocks.
As we snaked our way around the scene, we saw fathers walking their daughters to the car while they cried and slumped against them. Most of the women were crying, with looks of relief on their faces. Even the boys were visibly upset. We realized at that point that this was real.
“You think it’s a drill at the beginning,” said James Dalrymple. “It’s surreal.”
By the time we drove back home, I was convinced that this event really happened, and that it’s not a drill like “Sandy Hoax”: A guy goes to his school to shoot a teacher for some reason, and it’s been obvious to everyone up until yesterday that that’s the only person he wanted to kill. He specifically asked the students where he was, and he could’ve done a lot more damage if he wanted to. Five minutes is a long time when someone truly psychotic is armed, and this guy really doesn’t fit the psychotic profile. Egocentric and narcissistic, yes, but doesn’t seem like he loves watching people die – a usual manifestation of psychotic sadism present in virtually all serial killers.
Pierson was described by neighbors as a “nice young man.” Online, Pierson looks like a happy student. He was a routine winner in speech and debate contests.
He’s often seen posing with first and second place trophies. He also ran cross country. Two years ago, he was working on an Eagle Scout project.
The motive for the shooting was “some type of retaliation” against a faculty member over action taken relative to the debate team, Robinson said. But Pierson was not facing any disciplinary action over the incident and was not kicked off the debate team.
Another fact that was NEVER mentioned by the media until hours later: the weapons. First, he had a shotgun. Then, he had a shotgun and two Molotov cocktails. Then, he had a shotgun, multiple rounds strapped to his body, a machete, and three Molotov cocktails. The story yesterday was that he only wanted to kill the librarian. Today, he “wanted mass carnage” and “his intent was evil” and he “wanted to hurt as many people as possible.” If he wanted to hurt as many people as possible, he would’ve used at least more than one of his weapons before killing himself… Unless he didn’t kill himself.
Denver9News reported the following:
About 20 minutes after police began searching Arapahoe High School, police found Pierson dead in a classroom from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body remained in the school for hours.
Police did not engage in a gunfight with Pierson.
Police believe Pierson acted alone.
However, witnesses hiding in the sprinkler system room claimed they heard voices shortly before the shooting ended, saying “drop the gun”:
‘A really loud bang’
One minute, ninth-grader Whitney Riley was getting ready to retrieve her computer from her locker at Arapahoe High School. The next minute, she was running.
“My teacher asked what it was and then we heard two more and we all just got up and screamed and ran into a sprinkler system room.”
( In those those moments, she said, she remembered all of the drills she had gone through.)
Inside the windowless room were five students and two teachers. “We were shaking, we were crying, we were freaking out,” Riley said. “I had a girl biting my arm.”
They soon heard people yelling, and walkie-talkies crackling, and then they heard police asking someone to drop the gun, put the gun down, and hold his arms up, she said.
Within about 14 minutes of the initial report, “we had information on the radio that my deputies believed they had the shooter down inside the school,” Robinson said.
Robinson credited a quick response by authorities for the fact that Pierson stopped firing on others and turned his weapon on himself. Only five minutes passed from the initial report of the shooting until Pierson’s body was found, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, inside a classroom, he said.
“I believe that that shooter took his life because he knew that he had been found,” Robinson said late Friday.
(We recorded the following video with an eyewitness who ran into the weight lifting room at the gymnasium with several other students to hide during the shooting. They followed the lockdown safety precautions by locking the door. Someone – possibly the gunman – tried to jiggle the doorknob a few times, then they heard police yelling. Moments later, they heard a few more gunshots and the police arrived at the door shortly thereafter.)
I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but this kid had to have been really wishy-washy and the type to give up pretty easily if he gave up after less than 90 seconds, regardless of whether he felt he was going to get caught or not…I mean, he had plenty of ammo and a variety of weapons to choose from, right?
According to Robinson, it took less than 1 minute and 20 seconds from the time Pierson entered the school and fired the first round to the time he killed himself.
In all, the sheriff said Pierson fired six shots from his weapon, including the shot that killed him. Three of the shots were random blasts down the school’s hallway.
After that, Pierson set off one of the Molotov cocktails, setting at least three bookshelves on fire, investigators told KDVR.com. When an armed school resource officer entered the room, Pierson believed he was cornered and turned his gun on himself, Robinson said. The entire attack lasted approximately 80 seconds and was captured by security cameras.
Pierson’s body remained inside the school Friday night, Robinson said, “because it is part of a crime scene investigation.” Robinson said he did not know if the student was enrolled in Murphy’s class.
Pierson fired a round down a hallway and shot Davis, who was sitting nearby with a friend. He fired another shot down the hallway, entered the library and ignited one of the incendiary devices. He fired a fifth round, ran to a corner and killed himself, just 80 seconds after entering the building, Robinson said.
Davis, the sheriff said, appeared to be a random target.
The day before the shooting, a shelter-in-place was declared and the students at American University were scared to death when a gunman was loose on campus – who later turned out to be an off-duty cop on the bus who freaked out a student with his gun holster at his side. The kid thought he was going to shoot up the entire campus with a handgun.
That’s the problem with the kids these days: They are so traumatized by events like Columbine and Sandy Hook that they’re all the way over to the far left faction of the anti-gun side, the realm where people like Michael Moore live. I don’t think they should be like Ted Nugent or anything, but it’s like they don’t realize that other people have the right to defend themselves against tyranny, because fighting the system isn’t even an option for them. I think that with the help of smartphone and video game technology, the elite have successfully struck the delicate balance between “1984” and “Brave New World”. The NSA watches everything we do and say online, but at the same time we are able to communicate with each other in an incredible way never achieved in human history until now. We are treated like criminals when we want to fly, but we have endless amounts of media to keep our minds occupied on the more beautiful things, even when the ugliest ones are happening right in front of us.
I do believe that this event will be manipulated in the media to achieve a sinister end. Gun control is a big issue here, and it’s no secret that the ones who want gun control are pretty ticked off at the public right now for kicking out their senators. Also, mental health funding needs a shot in the arm, which DHHS has been whining about for a while now. Look up your state’s funding schedules for mental health financing, and you’ll see that whenever the funding initiatives are launched, that’s when the propaganda starts going out on the local news and local talk shows.
Robinson said that Pierson purchased the shotgun on Dec. 6 at a local retail outlet. Because he was 18 he was legally able to purchase a shotgun or long rifle in the state of Colorado.
Prior to coming to school on Friday morning, Pierson purchased multiple rounds of ammunition.
Pierson legally purchased a shotgun at a local store on Dec. 6. He bought ammunition the day of the shooting, Robinson told a news conference. Anyone 18 and older is allowed to buy a shotgun in Colorado; only those over 21 can legally buy a handgun.
So, where’s Mark Potok from the SPLC? Shouldn’t he be waiting in the wings, calling attention to the fact he was a white supremacist, or a conservative extremist? Oh wait, he wasn’t either of those things!
Students and a teacher described Pierson as a smart and sometimes goofy student who often talked about his beliefs during class, sometimes even debating his teachers. They said he was outspoken about his Communist-leaning political views.
“He would speak for himself. He would not be afraid to tell someone how he feels,” said Zach Runberg, 18, a fellow senior who had an English class with Pierson.
And the icing on the cake? Karl Pierson was for tighter gun control laws!!!
‘He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff,’ junior Abbey Skoda told the Denver Post.
The paper reported that Pierson had once posted an image on Facebook with the slogan: ‘The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ’em Die, Climate Change: Let ’em Die, Gun Violence: Let ’em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ’em Die, More War: Let ’em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?’
The post had been removed on Saturday.
Despite seemingly supporting gun control, Pierson legally bought the shotgun that he used only one week before carrying out his attack.
Pierson, he said, was a self-proclaimed socialist. “But he also wore a Communist Party T-shirt to confuse people,” Redmond said. Pierson also sometimes wore an Air Force Academy hoodie and apparently wanted to attend the school, Redmond said. His political leanings, friends say, were more antiauthoritarian than communist.
Oh, so it turns out he’s pretty much an Obamanoid! We can’t talk about that, can we, CNN? How about you, MSNBC?
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we found out the following:
Clary and Black said Pierson posted a YouTube song link to Facebook on Wednesday with the caption: “It’s a good day for a suicide.”
Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler didn’t rule out the possibility that charges could still be filed in the case, even though the suspect is dead.
“People are going to ask what was the gun, where did the gun come from, how could a kid get a gun like this. They’ll ask about mental health,” said Mr. Brauchler. “These are all appropriate questions, they’re all questions that I think the community deserves to have answers to, but they’re not ones that we can give you answers to today.”
I really feel for the family of Claire Davis, I really do. But these events cannot be used for political gain, especially when the pretenses are false or contrived. Our children deserve to be safe, yes ; But they also deserve to be free.
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