"We can't be that stupid to think it was just these two kids....two adults couldn't have done this."
-Christian LaPlante(Jennifer's dad), quoted in Extra Daily News.com 4-23-99
How many shooters were there? You probably know something of the many eyewitnesses who identified or described other shooters, thus indicating more than two attackers. But here's another list of witnesses whose statements clearly indicated more than 2 attackers:
Chris Wisher, sophomore (1261)
He turned and saw two guys carrying shotguns, and wearing black trench coats. A 3rd guy wearing a white T-shirt and jeans was seen throwing bombs onto the roof.
Jake Apodaca, sophomore (653)
He was at the soccer field, heard firecrackers. He turned and saw two guys carrying shotguns, wearing black trench coats and black T-shirts. He sees a 3rd guy wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, throwing a bomb onto the roof.
Jonathan Cole, freshman (749)
He noticed two tall guys in black trench coats. He then saw a third male, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. This person looked over to the other two suspects, and yelled "GO!! GO!!"
William Arapkiles, freshman (660)
He states that he was at the soccer field, and heard firecrackers. He turned and saw 3 people near the West entrance. Two were wearing black trench coats, and carrying guns. The third was wearing a white T-shirt, and no visible gun. The person in the white T-shirt was pacing back and forth about five feet away from the two gunmen.
Channel 7 News at 12pm(noon) on 4-20, EP 21-244
"Reporter said that numerous witnesses he spoke to who were not named said they saw 3 gunmen."
Ramona Lee Madden says he observed 3 kids with guns.
"... a list of 3 names that the 12 witnesses ID'd from a yearbook were turned over to ACSO investigators to foreward."
Jon Curtis, janitor(2286)
Saw 2 to 4 attackers, describes 3 of them.
Walked out of school at 11:20am on 4-20 and saw Harris in the parking lot with 2 or 3 other guys, wearing a white T-shirt and a backward baseball cap.
Saw 4 subjects carrying bags in, according to Darlene Mesch.
Saw 4 people with trenchcoats and guns, according to Rachel Nelson. Not mentioned in Maes' 11k interview.
"Trista said she believes, as do most other students, that there were more than 4 people involved in shooting."
Told her mother there were 2 other shooters besides H&K. (2+2=4)
Sees 2 suspects, neither of which is H&K. (2+2=4)
Saw 4 people outside with hats on backwards. On 20612, he says he "...saw at least 4 parties dressed in black standing calmly when others were running."(by the school library)
According to Jordan's aunt, he saw H&K and 2 others together ouside school just before the incident began. Not mentioned in Grimm's own 11k interview(5760).
DPD dispatch log(9219)
"Male called from Canada and was talking with female student at Columbine and she told him there are 4 suspects not 2 but no further information."
Clement Park maintenance worker, "a majority of the students Spahlinger helped informed him there had been a trench coat mafia gang shooting over at the high school and that there were 4 shooters involved." Follow-up interview says "Spahlinger stated he had no further info to report and that he did not know where someone got that he had(sic) witnessed 5 individuals exit a black vehicle while working in the park."
Denies having CHS friends who told her about 4 shooters, 2 of whom discarded their trenchcoats and fled into the crowd.
Thornton/NorthglennPD SWAT Team, EP 9-34
At 11:35pm on 4-20 the team enters CHS for another search. "We were advised that 2 suspects(shooters) might still be in the school." (2+2=4)
Littleton PO Mike Eyman(8670)
Advised that "there were possibly 4 suspects in the school."
"He named 2 other individuals he believed to be involved as Nathan Dykeman, Chris Morris." (2+2=4)
"Daphne Baca had listed 4 names of possible suspects. Those names included Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Chris Morris, and Robert Perry."
While being driven out of the senior lot, she hears fireworks outside. She turns around and sees 3 males at the top of the stairs. None of them are H&K. (3+2=5)
Construction worker near CHS; he refers to a black BMW and a small tan car drive down his cul-de-sac, followed five minutes later by the sound of bombs. A co-worker says the BMW was filled with 4 teenagers, the tan car which followed it had 2 people in it(7430).
He says that the school roof repairman saw 3 people exit vehicle with H&K. Tan vehicle followed them into the lot. The repaiman(Clarke) denies it.
"It was at approximately 11:45am(??) that Strange first observed 4 to 5 individuals, all dressed in black trench coats, standing alongside CHS in the vicinity of the gymnasium."
Sees 4-5 individuals at 11:15am dressed in black walk away from the school, all wearing trench coats, except one, who was wearing cami pants.
Was told by Courtney Shakowski she saw 4 to 5 TCMers enter cafeteria with a big, black duffel bag. Shakowski's interview itself(1157) only refers to 5 possible suspects in the parking lot.
Names 3 (Redacted) names as being directly involved in the Columbine shooting--they are not H&K. (3+2=5)
Boulder PD SWAT Timeline(8245)
2130 hours: "2 suspects believed dead inside, 1 arrest, 1-2 other supects/associates."
A member of the TCM names 5 people in the attack group. Says another 5 helped plan the attack and helped provide guns and bombs.
At about 7:30am on 4-20 she saw a group of 5 to 6 people, dressed in black, standing at the corner of Pierce and the first street south of the school. One of them looked older, in his mid 20s with short blond hair. Two of them sitting on a large black backpack.
Was told by Sean Graves in a hospital visit that he saw 5 or 6 people throwing 'devices' in the cafeteria.
Met H&K and 4 other boys at the mall. They showed her a map of where they would bomb the school. (2+4=6)
Tells IOs of 5 suspects.
According to Lacey Smith, he told her that he had seen 6 shooters.
Got call at work in Pennys at South West Plaza from students trapped in school. One saw 6 trenchcoats and that all were shooting handguns.
Was told by friend Elisha Encinias that she was in the commons when trench coaters(2 or more presumably) with masks on came in shooting. Running upstairs, she sees 4 people in trenchcoats coming in through the glass doors at the west end of the main hallway.(2+4=6)
Told the IOs that while crawling past the admin office(where he had just heard gunshots), he saw 5 or 6 persons all dressed in black.
LFD Capt. Mike Gorman,. EP 1-335
"Capt. Gorman told me the only information was that there were 5 to 6 shooters from the Trench Coat Mafia."
JCSO Kevin Walker, EP 1-223
"Dep. Walker related the communications center advised there were approximately 6 gunmen, dressed in black."
JCSO Vincent DiManna, EP 1-363
At 11:35, JeffCo. Lt. Manwaring "advised him there were as many as 7 gunmen inside the cafeteria and commons area."
"They(the cops) believed that they really had 6 to 8 armed individuals inside there."
Says fellow student Jessica Cave(1820) says she saw 10 shooters at the school(Jessica herself was not interviewed).
Said that "due to the volume of shots and explosions(in the first 20 minutes) he felt nobody would be left alive in the school."
John Cook(755) and Lisa Forgen(3005)
They see 2 shooters, and tell IOs that they could identify them if they had photos. Interview given days after 4-20; the implication is that they were not H&K. (2+2=4)
"Depew stated he felt there were additional suspects hiding out in the outer perimeter communicating with the shooters on the hand-held radios."
"Let the Truth be out, and let the chips fall where they may"