Published: 2019-04-18 13:18
Last Updated: 2019-04-18 13:47
The frantic hunt for an armed young woman, who is considered a threat to Columbine High and other Denver-area schools, ended on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, near the base of a mountain 40 miles west of Columbine High school.
The 18-year-old woman Sol Pais, who was the target of a nearly 20-hour manhunt, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said to Washington Post.
Pais, who was originally from Florida, was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting that happened in 1999. Her threats came days before the 20th anniversary, which led to the closure of schools and more than half a million students were sent to the safety of their homes.
Pais purchased three one-way tickets to Denver, for April 15, 16, and 17 and managed to travel on Monday 15, from Florida to Colorado.
Upon her arrival, she legally purchased a pump-action shotgun at a gun shop near Columbine High School and then disappeared, the Washington Post added.
The massive manhunt ended with finding Sol Pais dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near the base of Mt. Evans on Wednesday morning.
We can confirm that Sol Pais is deceased. We are grateful to everyone who submitted tips and to all our law enforcement partners for their efforts in keeping our community safe.— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019
With the crisis over, Denver schools are expected to reopen on Thursday with heightened security.
The Columbine High School massacre happened on April 20, 1999. Two students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 of their classmates and one of their teachers in a mass shooting, which was then considered the worst shooting in U.S history.