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Colorado school gun victim dies

AFP-JIJI

A 17-year-old Colorado high school student who was shot in the face by a teenage gunman died Saturday after eight days on life support, a local hospital said.

In a shocking rampage that officials said lasted 80 seconds, Arapahoe High School student Karl Pierson, 18, shot Claire Davis point-blank with a shotgun on Dec. 13, before taking his own life.

Officials said Pierson had been kicked off the school’s debate team and apparently bore a grudge against the team’s coach.

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 under Colorado law at a retail store on Dec. 6, authorities said.

The latest tragedy took place just a few kilometers from the sites of last year’s Aurora cinema shooting that left 12 people dead and scores wounded during a Batman movie screening, and the 1999 Columbine bloodbath in which 13 were killed as well as the two student gunmen.

It was also just a day before the first anniversary of the Newtown shooting in which Adam Lanza gunned down 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.