Colorado Shooter “Always Joked About It”


(NBC News) Devon Erickson, the 18-year-old student accused of opening fire on classmates at a Colorado school Tuesday stood before a judge for the first time Wednesday.

Erickson and an accomplice, not identified because of her age, face charges including first degree murder and multiple accounts of attempted murder.

One student was killed and eight others were wounded in Tuesday’s shooting.

A former classmate says there were signs that something could go wrong.

“We weren’t surprised who it was because you could kind of see that coming from a mile away, but the fact that he actually did it…,” said Kevin Cole. “Because the entire time I was at STEM he always joked about it.” 

Investigators say the pair walked to the center of campus, armed with pistols, and began methodically firing at helpless students.

18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was shot and killed as he charged toward Erickson.

“Kendrick lunged at him, and that is when he shot Kendrick, giving us enough time to get underneath our desks,” said survivor Nui Giasoll. 

“Kendrick was definitely one of the people who should have survived. Out of everybody there, he was really the best of us,” Cole said. 

Castillo was just three days away from graduation.

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