Duane Chapman ‘Freaked out’ While Trying to Locate Son during Colorado Schools' Columbine Threat
Duane "Dog" Chapman has recently experienced a parent's worst nightmare: he was unable to contact his son, Garry, during a possible Columbine copycat threat.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the famous bounty hunter appeared on "TMZ Live" where he revealed how he and his wife felt after receiving the school alert.
The day before, the Douglas County schools sent parents a text warning them that a Be On Lookout alert had been issued and around 150 schools had been shut down.
A MORBID OBSESSION
The panic started when authorities learned that a teenage girl named Sol Pais, from Florida, had traveled all the way from Miami to Denver and bought a pump-action shotgun.
It has been reported that the 18-year-old was obsessed over the Columbine tragedy, the shooting that took place 20 years ago and claimed the lives of 13 people.
LATEST: Authorities say Columbine-obsessed woman who threatened Denver schools traveled from Miami to Colorado and “immediately” obtained a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.— ABC News (@ABC) April 17, 2019
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SCARED FOR HIS LIFE AND HIS FRIENDS'
This information caused Duane and Beth to fear for their son's life. At the time, they were in Hawaii, so their only means to contact Garry was through his cellphone.
However, the youngster didn't pick up, making them fear the worst. Eventually, the parents were able to talk to their son, who asked Duane to fly to Colorado because he didn't want his friends to get killed.
NO CASUALTIES REGISTERED
Luckily for them, the lockdown was lifted after the FBI found Pais dead at the base of Mt. Evans. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Srader, she died of an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."
The 18-year-old was obsessed over the Columbine tragedy
Prior to her death, the teenager was reportedly seen running naked through the woods holding the gun while almost 30 armed law enforcement members swarmed the perimeter.
Duane and Beth were able to reunite with Garry, and, according to the 66-year-old bounty hunter, mother and son later went shopping for a tuxedo so Garry could attend prom, which wasn't canceled by the high school.