Student arrested after shots fired outside of Colorado school
Thursday, February 6, 2003
WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A boy fired several shots in a Ranum High School courtyard Wednesday after confronting another student in a hallway, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
A police officer assigned to the school chased the boy and captured him nearby, Adams County sheriff's Capt. Craig Coleman said.
The 14-year-old boy, who is a freshman at Ranum, was taken to a juvenile detention center, Coleman said. All 24 schools in Adams County School District 50 were locked down.
The boy and a 15-year-old student were involved in a confrontation in the hallway and the younger boy waved his hand inside his coat pocket, indicating that he had a gun, Coleman said.
The two went out into a school courtyard, where the boy pulled out a small semi-automatic handgun, authorities said. The older student and two others in the courtyard ran inside as the boy fired at least four shots, hitting the building's facade twice, Coleman said.
Authorities did not know if the suspect was firing at anyone.
The boy was expected to face attempted murder charges, Coleman said.
The school near this northwest Denver suburb is about 22 miles from Columbine High School, where two student gunmen killed 13 people on April 20, 1999.