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Gunman sent note before school attack

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 30, 2006


BAILEY, Colo. - The gunman who took six girls hostage in a high school standoff that ended in his suicide had sent his brother a long, rambling letter warning of his impending death, investigators said Friday.

The 14-page letter from Duane Morrison was postmarked Wednesday in nearby Shawnee - the same day of the attack.

Morrison claimed in the letter that it was not a suicide note, Sheriff Fred Wegener said.

"However, many times, the letter references suicide," Wegener said. "This letter clearly acknowledges his pending death. It also apologizes to his family for his actions that will occur."

The letter contains no reference to Platte Canyon High or any other school, nor does it refer to a specific time or plans to harm anyone else, authorities said, leaving investigators with no known connection between the gunman and this mountain town of about 3,500 people 35 miles from Denver.