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Girl wounded during Colorado school shooting dies: hospital

WASHINGTON--A 17-year-old Colorado high school student who was shot in the face by a teenage gunman died Saturday after eight days on life support, a local hospital said.

Arapahoe High School student Karl Pierson, 18, shot Claire Davis point blank with a shotgun on December 13, before taking his own life, in a shocking rampage that officials said lasted 80 seconds.

Officials said Pierson had been kicked off the school's debate team and apparently bore a grudge toward the team's coach.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. (2329 GMT) this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side,” Littleton Adventist Hospital said on its Facebook page.

“Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life.”

The hospital said the girl's death was “immensely heartbreaking” for the community, adding that details about a public memorial service would be released later.

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