A day of tragedy in Bailey

I heard about this late today. Very sad. People say it brings up memories of the massacre at Columbine, but fortunately the loss of life was less. A gunman, aged 30 to 50 years old, came into a classroom at Platte Canyon High School, forced some of the boys in the class to leave, and kept 6 hostages. A SWAT team showed up, negotiated the release of 4 of the hostages, but then negotiations broke down. The SWAT team moved in, and the gunman fatally shot one of the remaining hostages, a 16-year-old girl, and then committed suicide by shooting himself. Those were the only deaths.

Amidst the tremendous sadness there’s a mystery. Police still don’t know who the gunman was or why he did this. Nobody knows this at this point, but it seems like the gunman had no relationship to the community.

To say this is such a waste sounds cliche, but that’s the way it feels.

My condolensces to the family of the girl who was shot (whose name has been withheld). Once the innocence is lost, it’s very difficult to regain trust. I’m sure parents in the community are wondering what to do next, at this hour.

Bailey is a small town up in the foothills, and is not that far from Columbine High School. There’s no apparent connection between the two incidents, except for their proximity.

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