News

Karl Pierson's online image and more fallout from Arapahoe High shooting

Page 5 of 9

Update, 7:48 p.m. December 13: 7News is among the many news outlets identifying the gunman in the Arapahoe High School shootings earlier today as Karl Pierson, seen here. He's said to have targeted the school librarian, Tracy Murphy, who had been his coach on the school's debate team -- and who'd kicked him off the squad.

Among the photos of Pierson that still come up on Google search are numerous ones from the Arapahoe High website. A click shows they've been deleted from that location, but we tracked down a couple.

Here's one of the images:

And here's another: The lingering pages that included Pierson photos feature the aforementioned debate team, and a sentence fragment in one lists Pierson as having finished first in a competition.

There's also a photo of Pierson on a story by the Littleton Gazette. In that image, he's identified as a member of the Arapahoe cross-country team.

Another 7News piece states that Pierson was wearing tactical gear when he entered the school, according to custodian Fabian Llerenas.

In addition, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has been able to confirm evidence of two Molotov cocktails at the school. One went off inside while the other one was subsequently rendered safe.

Additionally, authorities have cordoned off a home in Highlands Ranch -- presumably Pierson's -- as part of their investigation into today's shooting. Look below to see the 7News video on that development. It's followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage of the Arapahoe High School shootings.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts