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Father of school shooting suspect found online photos in son’s room

Catherine Tsai and P. Solomon Banda
Associated Press Writers

LITTLETON – Among items seized from the room of a man accused of wounding two students at a Colorado middle school were photos of youths who appear to be in their teens, prompting the accused’s father to speculate that his son may have had online contact with students there prior to the attack.

Jefferson County sheriff’s investigators Thursday were puzzling over why Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, 32, may have targeted Deer Creek Middle School. They declined to say whether Eastwood had contact with students at the school, which is just miles from Columbine High, but they were interviewing students and parents.

“It’s very well a possibility, but it remains under investigation,” said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.



Eastwood’s father, War Eagle Eastwood, said Wednesday that he found digital pictures in his son’s room showing students, who he guessed were in middle school or high school. Investigators seized the photos when they searched Eastwood’s home in Hudson. The elder Eastwood said his son had talked to himself and imaginary friends and that recently that talk had turned into yelling.

The Eastwoods don’t have a home computer, but War Eagle Eastwood said his son would go to public libraries. Officials at nearby Hudson Public Library declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.



Investigators were also reviewing Bruco Eastwood’s journals as they tried to figure out why he allegedly showed up at his old school Tuesday and started firing in the parking lot before he was tackled by a math teacher.

Student Reagan Weber was treated at a hospital and released. The mother of the other victim, Matt Thieu, said he was doing well at a hospital. Deer Creek was scheduled to reopen for classes on Monday.

Teacher David Benke was hailed as a hero. Officials called his actions proof that the Littleton-area community had learned lessons from Columbine, where law enforcement was criticized for not moving quickly enough in the 1999 incident in which two teenagers killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves.

Investigators say Eastwood initially entered the school Tuesday, said he was a former student, and chatted with teachers without drawing suspicion. Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Eastwood used a restroom and left the building.

Moments later, he opened fire with his father’s bolt-action hunting rifle in the parking lot.


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