The young woman being hunted in Colorado after making threats against Columbine high school just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting there was located by police on Thursday morning and was later reported to be dead as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, law enforcement said.
Sol Pais, 18, whom authorities said had traveled to the Denver area on Monday from her home in Florida, had been declared armed and dangerous. She was hunted down in a forested campground in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, west of Denver, the local CBS TV station reported late morning on Thursday.
In a fast-unfolding story, with many details still unclear, the station at first said she had been captured, while others cited the FBI’s statement declaring she was “no longer a threat to the community” and local Colorado reports said she had been found dead. Law enforcement later confirmed that she was dead.
Pais was said to be obsessed with the 1999 school shooting of students and teachers at the high school in Littleton, near Denver, which killed 13. The two students who perpetrated the massacre died in addition to their victims.
Schools in and around Denver were closed on Wednesday after she made unspecified threats.
The anniversary of the Columbine high school shooting is on Saturday. The tragedy ushered in the modern era of repeated US school shootings.
Just a few minutes before its tweet that Pais was no longer a threat, the FBI had said that it was searching in the area of Mount Evans, west of Denver, and images on television showed investigators in snowy forest, aided by a snowcat vehicle with caterpillar tracks.