LITTLETON, COLORADO — When the shooting started, Austin Eubanks couldn’t process what he was experiencing. “İn 1999, there was no real frame of reference for what high-powered gunfire would sound like in the hallways of a high school, so until I actually saw the perpetrators, I didn’t think that what was happening was real,” says Eubanks, who was a 17-year-old junior at Columbine High School when two students opened fire on their peers 20 years ago this month on April 20, 1999.
Eubanks hid under a table in the school library alongside best friend Corey DePooter and watched as one of the teen shooters fired his semi-automatic weapon at DePooter, killing him almost instantly. Eubanks sustained bullet wounds to the hand and knee.
“Coming out of my office, I encountered the gunman who was about 100 yards away and shots being fired, and literally my life was flashing in front of me. And I just kept thinking what it was going to feel like to feel a bullet pierce my body,” he says.
Former Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis has written a book, "They Call Me 'Mr. De'," coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the school shooting.
Former Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis has written a book, "They Call Me 'Mr. De'," coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the school shooting. When the shooting ended, 12 students and one teacher were dead. The two student gunmen, who’d been seniors at the Littleton, Colorado, school, had also committed suicide. The incident was the first mass school shooting in the United States and remains one of the deadliest.
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