Colorado gunman Karl Pierson, who seriously injured a 17-year-old girl when he opened fire at his school, supported tougher gun laws.
The 18-year-old, who had been dropped from the debate team, was said to have had strong views on politics and gun control, classmates said.
Pierson was also allegedly suspended from the school in September for making threats against the team coach, Tracy Murphy, believed to have been the target for Friday’s attack.
‘He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff,’ junior Abbey Skoda told the Denver Post.
The paper reported that Pierson had once posted an image on Facebook with the slogan: ‘The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ’em Die, Climate Change: Let ’em Die, Gun Violence: Let ’em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ’em Die, More War: Let ’em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?’
The post had been removed on Saturday.
Despite seemingly supporting gun control, Pierson legally bought the shotgun that he used only one week before carrying out his attack.
The teenager carried out his attack while his mother, who he had been living with since his parents divorced, was out of town caring for a sick relative.
During the attack he fired five times, shooting 17-year-old Claire Davis at point blank range, before shooting himself in the library.
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