Arapahoe High School shooting: Claire Davis is in a coma in critical condition

LITTLETON, Colo. - Claire Davis, the 17-year-old student shot Friday afternoon at Arapahoe High School, is in a coma in critical but stable condition.

The Davis family posted the update on the Littleton Adventist Hospital's Facebook page Sunday evening.

"Claire remains in critical condition. She is stable, but is in a coma. The first responders got Claire to the right place, at the right time, and the doctors and hospital staff are doing a wonderful job taking care of her. We appreciate your continued good thoughts and prayers, and will provide updates as her condition improves. We again ask that you respect our wishes for privacy, and refrain from contacting us, our extended family, or Claire's friends and schoolmates, as we want to ensure that only accurate information about Claire is shared. Thank you for your continuing thoughts and prayers for Claire."

Her family said Saturday that she has "severe head trauma as a result of a gunshot."

Her father told 7NEWS that she is "not doing very well" and said he has been grateful the community's support.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Claire was "simply in the wrong place at the time" and, although they are both seniors, there is no indication that the gunman knew her or was even acquainted with her.

Robinson said Claire was shot at point-blank range.

A close friend told 7NEWS on Saturday that the main concern was the swelling around Claire's brain.

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil for her at Arapahoe Park on Saturday and Sunday evening.

A "Pray for Claire" message has been growing all weekend on Twitter and outside the school, with signs and flowers posted along the school fence. Someone tied a Christmas stocking to the fence, filled it with pens and also hung a notebook for others to share their well-wishes for Claire.

The Littleton Adventist Facebook page said the Davis family asks that no flowers or gifts be delivered or mailed to the hospital. They thanked people for their continued good thoughts and prayers for Claire.

If you would like to make a donation, the Davis family has requested that the following organizations be supported:

-- Local youth mental health awareness and support programs through the Littleton Hospital Foundation at or by calling the foundation office at 303-715-7600.

-- Donations of funds or goods to TLC Meals on Wheels on Claire's behalf. You can find out more information about TLC Meals on Wheels here:

Additionally, cards for Claire and the Davis family may be dropped off at the main entrance of the hospital and placed in the "Cards for Claire" box at the Information Desk. Cards may also be mailed to the hospital at:

Claire Davis
c/o Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122

On Twitter, friends have been using the #PrayforClaire hashtag to rally support. They've also been using the #Get1DtoClaire hashtag to encourage Claire's favorite band - One Direction - to come to Colorado to visit her.

Classes at Arapahoe High School have been canceled for the rest of the year as the community copes with the school shooting and rallies around Claire and her family.

A fund has been set up for Claire.

Donations can be dropped off at any First Bank branch, or mailed to:

First Bank
Arapahoe Donation Fund for Claire Davis
2323 E. Arapahoe Rd.
Centennial, CO 80122

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