WASHINGTON: A Colorado student who was shot in the face by a teenage gunman in the latest episode of gun violence in American schools remained in a coma yesterday, in critical condition, the state’s governor said.
“We all have to keep Claire in our thoughts and our prayers,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who spoke on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
He said he had visited 17-year-old Claire Davis’ devastated parents. “I just can’t imagine what they’re going through, unspeakable.”
An 18-year-old Arapahoe High School student identified as Karl Pierson shot Davis point blank in the face with a shotgun on Friday during a shocking rampage that officials said lasted 80 seconds.
He also wounded another student before taking his own life.
Hickenlooper said Pierson had been kicked off the school’s debate team and apparently bore a grudge toward the team’s coach.
“He didn’t seem to have mental illness, he had a lot of friends, he was outspoken,” Hickenlooper said. But he said there have been several reports of Pierson being bulled, an underlying theme in past school shootings.
The Arapahoe High shooter entered the school with many rounds of ammunition, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, and a shotgun he had purchased legally at a retail store under Colorado law on December 6, authorities said. Davis is “in a coma in critical condition,” Hickenlooper said.