Manhunt for Columbine-obsessed teen ends when she is found dead

Manhunt for Columbine-obsessed teen ends when she is found dead

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Sol Pais, 18, a senior at Miami Beach High School, purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition as soon as she arrived in Denver on Monday, the FBI said. (Jefferson County (Colo). Police Department

WASHINGTON  An “armed and extremely dangerous” Florida teen obsessed with the Columbine school mass shooting who became the subject of a massive manhunt after arriving in Denver this week — prompting 20 public school districts in and around the Mile High City to close on Wednesday — is dead, the FBI’s Denver office confirmed.

Sheriff Jeff Shrader of Jefferson County in Colorado said at a news conference around 1:30 p.m. local time that Sol Pais, 18, of Surfside, Fla., was found “dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Pais is “no longer a threat to the community,” the FBI had tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. local time.

She was located minutes earlier in Mount Evans, a remote ski area located about 60 miles southwest of Denver.

The Miami Beach High School student flew into Denver on Monday — six days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting — and went straight to a store where she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, the FBI said at a news conference Tuesday night. She was infatuated with the 1999 Columbine shooting and had threatened to commit an act of violence, said Dean Phillips, the special agent in charge of the Denver’s FBI office. The FBI’s Miami office had passed on a trip they received to the Denver office, the agency said Wednesday.

Phillips said Tuesday night that although Pais had not threatened a specific place, she was still considered “a credible threat to the community.”

Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School. Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, fatally shot 12 fellow students and one teacher and wounded 24 others before killing themselves.

Officials in Colorado said they expect to reopen all schools on Thursday.

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