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EXCLUSIVE: Arapahoe High Shooting Witness Speaks With KRDO

By Dustin Hodges, Reporter, dustin.hodges@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 14 2013 05:01:04 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 17 2013 12:43:29 PM CST

ARAPAHOE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HUNTER RYNDERS WAS STUDYING IN THE LIBRARY WHEN A CLASSMATE OPENED FIRE.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -

Students who were inside Arapahoe High School during Friday's shooting rushed to safety as soon as they heard gunshots.

One of those students, Hunter Rynders, got within just a few feet of the shooter. Hunter was in the library studying when he says he heard a loud bang.

After he heard it a second time Hunter says he knew the noise was gunshots. That's when he says the shooter busted in, screaming the name of the school librarian, Tracy Murphy. "He shoots one in the ceiling and he keeps saying where's Murphy, and he shoots another one into a box on top of the desk; I'm like 10 feet away from him," says Rynders.

Police believe the shooter, 18-year-old Karl Pierson, then took his own life.

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