Colorado student Claire Davis, shot and wounded during the Arapahoe High School shooting, has died at Colorado’s Littleton Adventist Hospital Saturday.
Davis, a teenager who attended Arapahoe High School, was shot in the head by a gunman while at school earlier this month. The gunman, 18-year-old Karl Pierson, came onto the school grounds with a shotgun and opened fire, ultimately leaving Davis with a head wound which lead to her death Saturday.
Davis was being treated at the nearby Littleton Adventist Hospital after Pierson shot her in the face at point blank range.
Colorado’s Littleton Adventist Hospital, in speaking about Davis’ situation stated on the hospital’s Facebook page, “Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire’s fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life.”
Colorado has already been shaken by the shooting which took place Dec 13 at Arapahoe High School, and the recent news of Claire Davis’ death adds to the already emotionally unsettling situation.
Pierson’s rampage left Davis as the sole victim of his actions. Pierson was apparently seeking to harm a debate coach, from whom he had received disciplinary action while he was a member of the debate team. According to Colorado Police, he entered Colorado’s Arapahoe High School with a 12-gauge shotgun, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, molotov cocktails and a machete.
Pierson reportedly committed suicide in the school’s library after being cornered there by a deputy who was stationed at the school.
Although it appears that Pierson was cornered as he was seeking out his target in the library, the amount of ammunition and weaponry he had with him suggested that the carnage in the Colorado school could have been much greater.
Students of Colorado’s Arapahoe High School, along with Littleton Adventist Hospital staff and members of the surrounding community are now mourning the loss of Claire Davis and still attempting to deal with the events of Dec 13.
By Daniel Worku