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Colorado Authorities to Issue Definitive Report on Columbine Shootings

Aired May 15, 2000 - 2:07 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Two hours from now and 13 months after the bullets and bombs, Colorado authorities plan to release their report on the attack on Columbine High School. In a sign of the times, the findings will come out on CD-ROM.

CNN national correspondent Tony Clark joins us from Jefferson County, Colorado with more on what they expect in this report -- Tony.

TONY CLARK, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Natalie, the family members of those who were killed and wounded at Columbine should be getting their copies of the CD-ROM report right about now. Those are being distributed in various locations throughout the county. But as you say, in about two hours the public will get -- the press will get and be able to convey to the public their copies of the report.

The report which as you say, was presented, is put on a CD-ROM computer disk. It was delivered here at the fair grounds here in Jefferson County, oh, just about an hour ago. County officials decided to use a CD-ROM, use this kind of technology because they could include so much more information. And not just the kind of information that, in this case, would have filled about 700 pages, but also audio and video of exactly what happened on April 20 of last year; as two high school students shot and threw bombs through their school: Columbine High School.

The report is expected to give a timeline of Dylan Klebold's and Eric Harris' activities, as they worked their way through the school killing students and a teacher before killing themselves. It will examine the kind of weapons they had and the different activities that law enforcement pursued in an attempt to capture the two gunmen. The report is being released some 13 months after the Columbine shooting and it is being released by court order.

Brian Rohrbough, who son Daniel was one of the students who was killed, went to court, filed the suit to make this report public.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BRIAN ROHRBOUGH, SHOOTING VICTIM'S FATHER: Well, my interest is: I have to know the truth about what happened to my son and what happened to the others; why it happened; what could have been done to prevent it; what should have been done during the 20th; and how it should have been handled since then. And what we've learned at every turn has been shocking.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CLARK: One of the things that Brian Rohrbough and other family members say they will be looking for is not so much what is included in the report but what is left out. Officials say they plan to go into great detail about what happened on April 20. The one question they can't answer is why it happened.

Tony Clark, CNN, Jefferson County, Colorado.

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