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Teen shot at Arapahoe High School identified

10:33 PM, Dec 14, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The 17-year-old girl shot by a gunman at Arapahoe High School has been identified as Claire Esther Davis.

Davis was shot at point blank range by 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson on Friday, according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

Pierson may have carried out the shooting rampage as a vengeful act against high school staff member Tracy Murphy.

Davis is a senior at Arapahoe High School and is in critical condition with severe head trauma at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

Robinson said Davis was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I know that Claire is young woman of principle. She is a young woman of purpose. She is an innocent and she was an innocent victim of an evil act of violence," Robinson said.

"She was just a very sweet girl. She's really smart [and] eally bright," said classmate August Clary."I know she's big in the horse community."

Clary has known Davis since freshman year. He had government class with her Friday morning.

"She wouldn't hurt a fly," Clary said. "It's a tragedy."

Clary says being an equestrian was a big part of her life. She cared for her horse named Graphite and when she wasn't at school, she spent hours training.

"She's just a really great girl and we hope she's going to be OK," Clary said.

At Saturday's press conference Robinson read a statement from Davis's family.

Our beautiful daughter Claire Davis, has severe head trauma, as the result of a gunshot. She needs your continued prayers. We would like to thank our family, friends, the community and the equestrian community for their outpouring of love and support, as well as the school for their continued support of the students and teachers.

We would also like to express our gratitude to our first responders and the trauma team at Littleton Adventist Hospital for saving our daughter's life and quickly getting her into surgery. Claire is still in critical condition and your prayers are appreciated.

At this time we ask that you respect our wishes for privacy, for us and the hospital. Thank you for your continued support, love and prayers, the Davis Family.


According to Robinson, it took less than 1 minute and 20 seconds from the time Pierson entered the school and fired the first round to the time he killed himself.

Robinson said Pierson entered the high school just before 12:33 p.m. on Friday with a shotgun, multiple rounds of ammunition, a machete and a backpack with 3 incendiary devices.

He said Pierson legally purchased the shotgun at a retail store on Dec. 6. On the morning of the shooting he legally bought ammunition.

"I choose to never use his name again in public," Robinson said about the shooter.

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