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STEM school shooting suspects stole guns from one of their homes before trying to set it on fire: Cops

Authorities in Colorado say the two suspected shooters behind this week’s deadly STEM school shooting in Highlands Ranch had more planned for the day of their attack.

According to KDVR, the two students attempted to ignite a residential blaze at the home of the older teen.

Police reports indicate the fire did not spread far and caused little damage. Investigators did note, however, that evidence collected at the scene signaled the fire was set deliberately.

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Chemicals believed to have been used to accelerate the flames were identified inside the family home of 18-year-old Devon Erickson on Tuesday. He and a juvenile were arrested on suspicion of carrying out the mass shooting that followed later the same day.

Law enforcement indicated that the two suspects are believed to have stolen guns that had been locked away inside the same home.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, several students were injured and one 18-year-old died from a gunshot witnesses say he sustained while risking his life to rush one of the shooters.

Kendrick Castillo is being remembered as a hero whose selfless act likely saved lives by giving other students time to seek shelter or run to safety.

Currently, Erickson is expected to face a litany of criminal charges including one count of murder in the first degree and 29 counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in court again later this week.

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