The Columbine Report

Uncut text, video and audio from the year-long investigation into the tragedy.


Salon Staff
May 16, 2000 8:54PM (UTC)

Table of contents

The following listing will allow the reader to
navigate through the report and obtain details for activities that occurred around
the Columbine High School incident. Utilize the forward and
backward buttons provided within your internet browser to move backward when no
specific links are provided on pages.

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Instructions / Operating help

  • Introduction / Foreword

  • In Memoriam

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    Time lines

    From the beginning of the investigation into the shootings at Columbine High
    School, a timeline was established to record the significant events of April 20,
    1999. The
    timeline was updated several times as new information became available from all
    the different sources.
    The result is a PRIMARY Timeline, which offers a brief chronological
    account of the events of April 20, 1999, the movements of Eric Harris and Dylan
    Klebold, the law enforcement and emergency responses and the media coverage.
    This timeline is the basis for a more detailed, comprehensive NARRATIVE
    timeline of the April 20 events that is included in this report.

  • Primary time line of the events - Table of Contents
  • Narrative time line of the events

  • April 20, 1999 - 11:10 am - 11:59 am
  • April 20, 1999 - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    Crime Scene Diagrams

    The following diagrams show the significant events and movements of Eric
    Harris and Dylan Klebold on April 20, 1999.
    The witnesses to each event are shown as green dots.
    The injured are shown as yellow only during the event that caused the
    injury and return to green if they witnessed other events.
    The deceased are shown as red and convert to gray once that event has
    passed. Harris is shown as a red
    dot with the letter "H" inside it and Klebold is shown as a blue dot with
    the letter "K" inside it.

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    The diagrams only show the portions of
    the school where the events are occurring.
    Where appropriate an overview of the school is shown with a red square
    indicating what area of the school is magnified. Harris
    and Klebold are not shown on every diagram, but rather only during the events
    that witnesses actually observed them.

  • Crime Scene Diagrams - Table of Contents
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    Detailed Information

    First Responders

  • Deputies on Scene
  • Managing the Response to the Columbine High School Shootings
  • Concerns to be Addressed
  • Communications Problems
  • SWAT Activity
  • SWAT Team Movement
  • Critical Incident Team & Law Enforcement Shots Fired
  • Fire / Emergency Medical Services Response
  • Identifying the Deceased
  • Support Response

  • Communications Center
  • Victim Services
  • Students Reunited with Parents at Leawood Elementary
  • Jefferson County Support
  • SORT Support
  • Critical Incident Debriefings
  • The Investigation

  • Investigation Overview
  • Findings of the Outside Team
  • Findings of the Cafeteria Team
  • Hallway Events - Part 1
  • Findings of the Library Team
  • Hallway Events - Part 2
  • Trench Coat Mafia and Associates
  • Findings of the Threats Team
  • Crime Scene Processing and Evidence Collection
  • Glimpses of Klebold and Harris
  • What equipment Klebold and Harris carried with them
  • Larger Community Response

  • US Attorney General Reno's Visit
  • District Attorney's Office
  • The Media
  • The Community Offers Support
  • The Confusion Over Two "Littletons"
  • Explosive Response

  • The Diversion Bomb / Map
  • The Bombs at the School
  • The Duffel Bag Bombs
  • Management Structure

  • The Incident Management Organizational Chart - Law Enforcement
  • The Incident Management Organizational Chart - Fire / EMS Operations
  • The Incident Management Organizational Chart - Investigation
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    Photographs

  • General Area Map
  • School Parking Lot Map
  • Aerial School Map
  • Photos Taken by Neighbor of the South Side of the School
  • Photos Taken by Neighbor of Gunfire from the Library
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    General Information

  • Law Enforcement Agencies Involved
  • Fire / EMS Agencies Involved
  • Fire / EMS Response
  • About the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
  • About the Jefferson County School District
  • About the Littleton Fire Department
  • JCSO utilizes Channel #1 for primary communications to the deputies on the
    street. Channel #2 is used for command, tactical
    operations and two way communications. When names, addresses or phone
    numbers were given they have been removed from the tapes and you will hear
    silence.

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  • Jefferson County Channel #1 Radio Traffic - 11:20 am - 11:51 am
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  • Jefferson County Channel #1 Radio Traffic - 11:51 am - 12:18 pm
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  • Jefferson County Channel #2 Radio Traffic - 11:25 am - 12:09 pm
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  • Jefferson County 911 Audio #1 - 11:19 am - approximately 40 minutes
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  • Jefferson County 911 Audio #2 - 11:29 am - 12:14 pm
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  • Jefferson County 911 Audio #3 - 11:33 am - approximately 18 minutes
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  • Jefferson County Miscellaneous 911 phone calls
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  • Jefferson County 911 call from student in Kitchen (approx 1:30 pm)
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  • Jefferson County 911 call with fire alarm in background (approx 11:31am)
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  • 911 Call from Teacher in the Library (11:25 am)
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  • KUSA-TV
    Channel 9 - Students Evacuated (approximately 2:48 pm)
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  • KUSA-TV
    Channel 9 - Air Space Closed 1.5 miles (2:40 pm - 2:50 pm)
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    Channel 9 - Huge Exodus / Evacuation of Students (approximately 2:56 pm)
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    Channel 9 - Names of Students Posted (approximately 3:23 pm)
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    Channel 9 - Bomb Squads (approximately 6:01 pm)
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  • KUSA-TV
    Channel 9 - Bomb Squad Activity (approximately 6:30 pm)
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  • KMGH-TV
    Channel 7 - President Clinton Addresses the Nation (approximately 2:33pm)
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  • Fire Alarm
    Strobe and Horn Activation
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  • Example
    of the Maze of Rooms as Encountered by the SWAT Teams
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  • Cafeteria Surveillance
    Tape
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