Man Arrested In Colo. Shooting Case
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) _ A man was arrested today on suspicion of supplying the semiautomatic pistol used in the Columbine High massacre.
Mark Manes, 22, surrendered to authorities and was jailed on $15,000 bail for investigation of selling a handgun to a minor.
``He was the last person who had it before it was supplied to one of our gunmen,″ said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis.
Manes could get up six years in prison.
Investigators said an employee at a pizza parlor where Columbine gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold worked served as the middleman who put the two teen-agers in touch with Manes.
The arrest came 13 days after the attack in which Harris and Klebold _ armed with a rifle, two sawed-off shotguns and the handgun _ killed 12 students and a teacher and then committed suicide.
Investigators have said Klebold’s girlfriend, Robyn Anderson, bought a carbine rifle and two sawed-off shotguns used in the massacre, but until today they had not tied anyone to the TEC DC-9 semiautomatic handgun.
Also today, Columbine students returned to classes at rival Chatfield High School.
For the rest of the school year, Chatfield students get their school for morning sessions. Columbine students, whose school is still a police crime scene, arrived around lunchtime today to take over Chatfield for afternoon classes.
Three large banners adorned the school, one reading simply: ``Welcome Columbine.″
Columbine students Veronica Nuncio and Breanna Cook, both 17-year-old juniors, showed up for their first day of classes in a small car with the words ``We are Columbine″ on the back window.
``They’ve been really nice, very supportive,″ Cook said of the Chatfield students and staff. ``I didn’t think they would want us here.″
Nuncio said she was near the cafeteria when shooting broke out in her school, and she saw people get shot. She said she still has trouble sleeping, and she was nervous about going back to school.
``I don’t feel safe still,″ she said. ``I feel like I’m a walking target for anybody now.″
Chatfield, about 3 miles from Columbine, was decorated to welcome the roughly 2,000 Columbine students, with signs incorporating the Chatfield Chargers’ signature burgundy with the Columbine Rebels’ navy blue.
``If we can do anything to help them, we’re happy to do it,″ said Amber Mancuso, a Chatfield junior. ``I think it’s hit all of us hard, all of us have friends there. When we found out, probably half the school was crying.″
``We’re welcoming them with open arms,″ Chatfield senior Chris Durant said. ``Students are trying to do what they can to make the Columbine students feel comfortable.″