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December 15, 2013

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A teenager who opened fire at a suburban Denver school, wounding a fellow student before killing himself, entered the school with a shotgun, a machete and three incendiary devices in his backpack and had ammunition strapped to body, authorities said Saturday.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School by 18-year-old Karl Pierson likely was motived by retaliation against a faculty member, probably a librarian at the school.

Robinson said it appears the librarian was the initial target, but that the gunman planned to hurt multiple people.

He says the teen bought the pump-action shotgun gun legally Dec. 6 at a local store.

Anyone over 18 is allowed to buy a shotgun in Colorado; only those over 21 can legally buy a handgun.

Bells toll in Newtown, Conn., to mark year since 26 died in shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Bells tolled 26 times to honor the children and educators killed one year ago in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School as local churches held memorial services and the country marked the anniversary with events including a White House moment of silence.

With snow falling and homes decorated with Christmas lights, Newtown looked every bit the classic New England town, with a coffee shop and general store doing steady business. But reminders of the private grief were everywhere. “God bless the families,” read a sign posted at one house in the green and white colors of the Sandy Hook school, and a church posted that it was “open for prayer.”

Ryan Knaggs, a chef who lives in Newtown, said that as the bells tolled he thought of two young victims who played soccer with his 7-year-old daughter.

“The echo of the bells, knowing some of the children personally, you feel the exactitude with each bell ... the exactitude of the loss and the grief,” Knaggs said.

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