CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Typically when you drive through this area near Arapahoe High School, you see happy students grabbing a yogurt or a burrito. That used to be Tait Priser – one of last year’s graduates. He still loves this school – but he hates what happened there today.
Priser just wanted to visit his old school. He was catching up with friends, when the world spun out of control.
Priser told us how he and his friends came face to face with the shooter, now identified as Karl Pierson, 18. Pierson wore a black mask and hoodie, Priser said.
On instinct, tait and his friend dove into the nearest classroom. His first thought – where to hide – and could the shooter get in.
They pulled a magnetic strip designed to lock the door in case of emergency.
Frantically, he and other students texted classmates and loved ones. Priser tried to reach his two cousins, and friends carolling in the halls, also in the building – then, he called his mom.
The students, crammed behind every possible cover, searched out possible escape plans. Then, they heard police.
“We didn’t realize what had happened,” Priser said. “We’d already been shot at ... and then they open the door and there’s big guys with guns, and then there’s blood all over the floor from the people that they’d taken out.
Tait spent the afternoon interviewing with police – and joining other students in thousands of messages, saying Warriors always take care of each other.