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More bombshells coming out of Colorado on the Columbine case...

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 29 - The two students who gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School bragged about making pipe bombs and said they were looking for a "ground zero" two years before the bloodbath - and authorities knew it, the sheriff said Wednesday.

Authorities have said they knew about violent rants by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in 1998, a year before the shootings, and that a search warrant was not acted upon.

But Jefferson county Sheriff Ted Mink, who took office in July, said Wednesday that someone had called the sheriff’s office a year earlier, in 1997, to tip off authorities about a Web site run by Harris.

A deputy investigated the tip and forwarded a report and printouts from the Web site to a sheriff’s investigator in charge of computer-related crimes, Mink said.

The investigation of the Web site apparently stopped there, Mink said. The report was not found until last week, when a deputy came upon it as he was leafing through a training manual, the sheriff said.

Hindsight may be 20/20, but it seems like a lack of foresight was involved here. The police should have responded to this information at the time it was presented, it's not like Harris and Klebold invented school shootings.


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