The following pictures are of Columbine High after the shooters were dead, law enforcement had rescued the surviving students, and removed the bodies of those who didn't survive. Some of these pictures came directly off the Fire Department video footage of the crime scene; others are forensics photos. Some images might be disturbing to sensitive viewers due to their very nature. Scroll down at your own risk.
West student entrance where the killers entered the school. The windows were shot out by Eric Harris when he fired on substitute Patti Nielson and student Brian Anderson. The west entry was a double set of doors with a short hall between the two sets of doors. This is a shot inside the west entrance, facing the doors that lead to the parking lot, the other side of the doors in the photo on the left.
The west entry hallspace, facing the inside doors.
Inside Columbine's hall, facing the west entrance's inside doors.
Another shot of the west entry from the hall. You can see where tiles from the ceiling were shot out.
East entry down the hall from the west entry. You can see chunks of the walls missing here clearly, looking more like axe-whacks than the result of the bullets that actually did the damage.
Outside of the west entry. This is the entrance just above the grassy knoll where Rachel Scott died. Danny Rohrbough died at the foot of the stairs that this sidewalk turns into further down the hill.
Downhill from Columbine's west entry. At the top of the photo you can see broken glass from the shot-up doors. At the bottom of the photo on the far right is the broken window of the teacher's lounge where SWAT released students and teachers from the school. The white things heaped on the ground are window blinds. Dan Rohrbough's body can be seen at the base of the stairs on the sidewalk.
Inside the cafeteria. The tented yellow cards on the tables are police evidence markers.
One of the propane bombs found in the wrecked cafeteria, pulled out of the kitchen by officials. In the background you can see the blue duffle bag that contained the other bomb, the one that partially detonated and took out the front windows. (See next picture.)
Chairs melted by the partial detonation of the propane bomb left in the cafeteria. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold tried several times to get it to blow, including shooting at it. It finally half-blew when Dylan threw something at it (caught on cafe surveillance but -what- was thrown couldn't be made out), taking out the front windows. If it had fully detonated, it most likely would've dropped the library down on the cafeteria.
The partially-detonated propane bomb in a duffel bag left behind by the shooters blackened the floor and set off the overhead sprinklers.
Spectators view the outside of the boarded-up cafeteria.
Bullet holes scar a door inside the school.
The stairs up to the 2nd floor have been stripped of carpet to remove the bloodstains in the above picture.
A bullethole dents this window pane in the hall above the cafeteria.
One of the bathrooms where students hid from the shooters.
A desk in a classroom where possessions sit 2 days on a desk as they were when the shots rang out.
The shot-up entrance of the library, marked with a ribbon left there by mourners. A new wall of lockers now stands where these doors used to be and a two-story atrium exists where the library once was.
These are the tables in the library where the majority of the students were killed. The scene is untouched save to remove the bodies and mark evidence; the rest of the mess was created by the spray of bullets. In the center picture, a back sits centermost. The other dark splotches on the floor are blood puddles. Some of the yellow cards that are positioned about the room bore the names of the students who died where they sit - you can cleary see Corey DePooter's card in the video.
These still images were created by the Littleton Fire Department, taken from the video they made of the school after the bodies were removed. I saw it and may eventually take better stills but honestly it's pretty appalling to see any bigger. The blood was so thick on the carpet it stood in slick, brown puddles - it looked like spilled housepaint because the blood had congealed overnight. The vertical blinds of a window that had been shot out looked like a handful of crumpled straw wrappers thrown haphazardly against the wall. I'm a strong-stomached person and the video creeped me out. It must've been a whole new nightmare for the survivors to have to escape through that horrific scene, fearing they'd be gunned down at any second.
The people who were in the school when the shootings occurred were allowed to return later with their immediate family members, to retrieve their belongings. They were let in after the bodies were removed but before the mess was cleaned up so they saw pretty much what you see above, only more so. One of the visitors wrote a detailed description of what they saw when they were walking around the halls and library, in graphic and irreverant detail. Due to its highly controversial nature, I don't have it displayed on this website but you can find it easily on Google.
Table where Eric and Dylan tried to set off a molotov cocktail. The sprinklers put out the small fire.
Police investigate the multi-media room just off the library, where several staff members hid.
A television in the library, its screen shot by Dylan.
The computer lab in Columbine's library, torn to pieces by gunfire.
A car bomb set in Dylan's car detonated at 11PM, 4-20-1999.
Backpacks collected from around the school where kids dropped them in their panicked flight have been set on the stage after forensics has finished with them. Students couldn't pick up their things for over 48 hours.