It's unknown at this time, from what I've read, he's 35 years old. Heres some of the details,
"The hostage situation started when the gunman walked into the school at about 11:40 a.m., said he had a bomb in a backpack and fired several shots
inside a classroom. Six female students in a second-floor English classroom were held hostage as the school went into "code white" and Park County
deputies rushed to the scene, evacuating everyone from the building.
Jefferson County SWAT team and bomb team was called in to help. The gunman released four students one by one, negotiating with authorities through
them by telling the students to tell deputies to back off.
"Most of the demands strictly were, they wanted us to back off," Wegener said."
"He didn't really look like a student, although he did because he was wearing all of our school stuff. But when he turned around and he looked at
me, he had long gray hair sticking out of his hoodie. He was wearing his hood up, so it was really hard, and he said, 'Hey.' And I was like, 'Hi.'
He asked me what class I was going to. I was like, 'I'm going to English I,' and he said, 'You're lucky,' " said Kirby. "And I was like,
'It's English!' And he was like, 'I loved English.' And I was like, 'I don't.' And there was an awkward silence and then I just went to my
class. And then like five minutes later, we heard the big boom.
Tom Grigg said his 16-year-old son, Cassidy, was in a classroom when the man walked in, fired a gun and began telling some students to leave and
others -- all girls -- to stay.
"He stood them up at the blackboard," Grigg said. "He hand-picked the ones he wanted to get out."
The gunman told Cassidy to leave, but he said he wanted to stay with the girls, Grigg said.
"The guy flipped him around and put the gun in his face and said, 'It would be in your best interest to leave,"' Grigg said.
The gunman has not been identified. Authorities are hoping that once they clear the school parking lot and students and staff go to retrieve their
vehicles, the gunman's car would still be in the parking lot.
Authorities say they still don't know his motive for invading the school and taking specifically female students hostage.
"We have almost no information on this suspect. We don't know who he is, we don't know what he wants ... We'd like to know what he wants," Kelley
had said, earlier in the day."
If you ask me, this guy was a physho. Though as this just happened today, I'm sure more details will surface as the days, months, and maby years go
by. Much like the columbine shooting. But what gets me, is that he was 35! Was it a long standing grudge he had with the school? Was it because he was
involved with another student? More details are to follow I'm sure. Though this wasn't as bad as Columbine, a life was still lost, 2 if you want to
count the phycho.
I'll keep reading and try to keep you all posted. This has broken my heart and others for sure.
Heres another link from another local station.
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From more of what I've read, this high school was right next to a middle school, seperated by a wall. I could see this as added confusion to the cops
and swat team involved. I'm looking into this as much as I can and will try to keep you all posted.
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mod edit: shortened link
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