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

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Update, 2:01 p.m.: Moments ago, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson announced that the presumed shooter at Arapahoe High School is dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In addition, one student is said to be in serious condition after having been shot; a second student has minor wounds. Hundreds of students have been safely evacuated from the school. Parents are gathering at nearby Shepherd of the Hills Church, 7691 South University Boulevard, where they are being reunited with their children. According to Sheriff Robinson, the shooter was a student at Arapahoe County High School. He's said to have been armed with a shotgun and entered the school in search of a specific teacher.

The teacher is said to have exited the school after being informed of the situation. A second student confronted the gunman and was shot, Robinson revealed. Shortly thereafter, law enforcement officers swept the school and discovered the body of the suspected shooter. He appears to have taken his own life.

According to Robinson, investigators are currently trying to determine if the shooter acted alone or in concert with others. However, the ACSO has no current information about the involvement of additional individuals, and neither had there been any previous threats to the school received over the course of recent days.

Littleton Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools and Elizabeth Schools were placed on lockdown after news of the shooting broke, 7News reports, while Cherry Creek Schools locked outer doors as a precautionary measure and Douglas County Schools instituted a similar lockout procedure.

Continue for our previous coverage of today's shooting at Arapahoe High School, including multiple photos and tweets.

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