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Sheriff: Colo. School shooter wounds 2, kills self

Friday - 12/13/2013, 6:30pm  ET

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- A sheriff says the student who shot two other students at a high school near Denver today had been looking for a specific teacher. But that teacher got word of it, and had left the school.

Authorities say the gunman then shot two students. One is in serious condition at a hospital. The other is hospitalized with a minor gunshot wound.

It happened at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, about eight miles from Columbine High School in Littleton. That's where two teenage shooters killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.

Police were outside the school after today's gunfire, and students were seen walking toward the running track with their hands in the air.

One woman rushed to the school after getting a text from her daughter saying shots had been fired. She was relieved when the daughter texted that a police officer had entered her classroom and that she was safe.

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211-a-07-(Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, at news conference)-"with his family"-Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says the shooter was part of the Arapahoe High School community in Centennial, Colorado. (13 Dec 2013)

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210-a-10-(Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, at news conference)-"a minor wound"-Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says a second student was injured, although police aren't sure if it was from a gunshot. (13 Dec 2013)

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209-a-11-(Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, at news conference)-"the school quickly"-Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says a teacher the student gunman said he was looking for managed to escape. (13 Dec 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: COLORADO topographic map with ARAPAHOE HIGH SCHOOL locator, partial graphic (13 Dec 2013)

APPHOTO NYKS102: In this still image taken from video provided by Fox 31 Denver, students gather just outside of Arapahoe High School as police respond to reports of a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Colorado division of emergency management spokeswoman Micki Trost said her director went to the school and there weren't any more immediate details. (AP Photo/KDVR) MANDATORY CREDIT (13 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO NYKS103: In this still image taken from video provided by Fox 31 Denver, police respond to reports of a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Colorado division of emergency management spokeswoman Micki Trost said her director went to the school and there weren't any more immediate details. (AP Photo/KDVR) MANDATORY CREDIT (13 Dec 2013)

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