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Two hurt, suspect dead in US school shooting

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Two students have been injured in a shooting incident at a school in the US state of Colorado and the suspected gunman has been found dead, the local sheriff says.

The suspect was a student at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, outside Denver, just a few kilometres from the sites of last year’s Aurora movie theatre shooting and the 1999 Columbine massacre.

“The suspect has been found inside the school and he has deceased as a result of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told reporters.

He said the student had apparently targeted a teacher at the school.

“The student identified a specific teacher at the high school that he was interested in confronting, and that teacher was informed of the situation and exited the school quickly,” he said.

One student at the school was hospitalised with a serious gunshot wound, and a second student was found inside with a minor injury that might not have been a gunshot wound, he said.

The gunman has been identified and authorities were in contact with his family, Robinson said.

Live television pictures showed orderly groups of students filing out with hands above their heads, to gather on an athletics track on the edge of a snow-covered field next to the school.

The school has more than 2200 students and 70 classrooms.

It is part of the Littleton school district, to which Columbine High School — scene of the 1999 shooting by two students which killed 13 — also belongs.