CENTENNIAL, CO - Colorado's governor has visited the 17-year-old girl who was shot at her suburban Denver high school on Friday.
Gov. John Hickenlooper tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that Claire Davis is in a coma. The Arapahoe High School senior was sitting with a friend in the school library when she was shot in the head.
Authorities say they think she was shot at random by the 18-year-old gunman who had gone into the school looking to settle a grudge with a teacher.
"Our beautiful daughter Claire Davis has severe head trauma as a result of a gunshot. She needs your continued prayers," the family said in a statement released during a 3:15 p.m. news conference on Saturday,
according to a report from our sister station, KMGH .
We would like to thank our family, friends, the community and the equestrian community for their outpouring of love and support, as well as the school for their continued support of the students and teachers. We would also like to express our gratitude to the first-responders and the trauma team at Littleton Adventist Hospital for saving our daughter's life and quickly getting her into surgery. Claire is still in critical condition and your prayers are appreciated. At this time we ask that you respect our wishes for privacy, for us and the hospital. Thank you for your continued support, love and prayers -- the Davis family.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says Karl Pierson intended to harm that teacher and inflict numerous other casualties when he walked into the school with a pump-action shotgun and a machete, along with three Molotov cocktails in a backpack.
But he fired just six shots in an attack lasting 80 seconds, killing himself as a school security officer closed in on him.
Students and a teacher describe Pierson as a smart, outgoing Eagle Scout who finished at the top of speech competitions but had been kicked off the school debate team for reasons that are unclear.