Arapahoe HS Shooter Also Carried Machete, Molotov Cocktails.


Arapahoe High School shooter Karl Pierson, shown here in less-homicidal days, was armed with more than just a 12-guage shotgun during last Friday’s rampage. According to police, he was also carrying a machete and several Molotov cocktails. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A teenager who wounded a fellow student before killing himself at a suburban Denver high school entered the building with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails and ammunition strapped to [his] body, likely intending to track down a librarian who had disciplined him, authorities said Saturday.

After firing a round down a hallway, Karl Pierson, 18, shot a fellow student who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as he headed toward the library. Claire Davis, 17, was shot in the head at point-blank range and remained hospitalized Saturday in critical condition.

Pierson set off one of the devices, but killed himself just one minute and 20 seconds after entering the building because he knew a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school was closing in, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said at a news conference.

Machetes inflict frightful wounds, and they were probably used in most of the 500,000 to 1,000,000 killings in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. If Pierson had gone berserk with one in a crowded cafeteria, he might have caused even more carnage than he managed to cause with a shotgun before blowing his worthless brains out.

Despite this, I can’t help but think that arming yourself with a machete is kind of an afterthought when you’ve already loaded up a 12-ga. shotgun. Did he think he was gearing up for a zombie video game like Dead Island or something?


  1. fliteking says:

    This young man was also an socialist and likely an atheist – – – perhaps a stronger moral base could have prevented this episode.

  2. Sam L. says:

    If the cafeteria had chairs, some could have defended themselves and ganged up on him. So many cafeteria tables have attached benches or stools.

  3. Roger says:

    I wrote a long paper on school and spree killers years back. A lot of such people just grab whatever weapons they have nearby and shove them in their belt. Good chance they believe they’ll just need it for whatever.

    What’s really interesting is that these cases are good case studies for the uselessness of punitive academic measures, such as zero tolerance policy expulsions(which is what spurred the Kip Kinkel shooting), compared to the extremely effective preventive measures, like available counseling, expanded mental and emotional healthcare.

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