The parents of the Colorado high school student who opened fire on classmates and staff Friday say they are "shattered" by the tragic events, and are praying for the 17-year-old victim whom their son shot as he hunted for a faculty member who had benched him on the debate team.

"We are shattered by the tragic events that took place on Friday at Arapahoe High School," Barbara and Mark Pierson said in a statement issued Monday:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Claire Davis and her family. They, and she, have suffered unimaginably, and we pray for her full recovery. We also pray for the entire Arapahoe High School community, as we know your lives are forever changed by this horrific event.

"As parents, we loved our son Karl dearly and we are devastated by what happened Friday. We cannot begin to understand why Karl did what he did. We ask for privacy during this unthinkably difficult time and hope that you will respect our need for time to grieve."

Pierson, who came to school packing a pump-action shotgun, molotov cocktails, and a machete, had been disciplined in September for making threats against school librarian Tracy Murphy. Pierson reportedly harbored a grudge against Murphy and planned to kill him Friday, but critically wounded Claire Davis before fatally shooting himself when he could not find his intended target.

Speech and debate was his life, and the fact that he wasn’t there crushed him a little bit and made him really tense and angry,” Arapahoe High School debate team co-captain Joe Redmond told NBC News. Redmond said that Pierson and Murphy “did not get along, and whatever it was escalated to a death threat.”

Redmond also said Pierson had been reading "The Anarchist Cookbook," a 1971 bomb-making manual.

Davis, who was shot in the head by Pierson, remained in a coma in stable but critical condition Sunday evening.

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  • A father picks up his daughter at a church where students from nearby Arapahoe High School were evacuated to after a shooting on the Centennial, Colo., campus Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter shot two others at the school, before apparently killing himself.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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    Media cover a briefing by Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., where 18-year-old shooting suspect Karl Halverson Pierson shot student Claire Davis, 17,on Friday, then turned the gun on himself. AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson holds a picture of Claire Davis the 17-year-old student that was shot during a briefing Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Davis was shot by 18-year-old shooting suspect Karl Halverson Pierson at the school on Friday before he took his own life. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Roses and a sign of support are woven into a cyclone fence around a tennis court at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The school was the scene of a shooting on Friday that left a student gunman dead and two other students injured. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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    The front door at the Highlands Ranch, Colo., home of the 18-year-old shooting suspect Karl Halverson Pierson is covered with plywood on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, after the police searched the home. Pierson critically wounded one student, before apparently killing himself Friday at Arapahoe High School as police moved in. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    A deputy of the Arapahoe County, Colo., Sheriff's Department walks next to crime scene tape in front of a doorway to Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The school was the scene of a shooting on Friday that left the student gunman dead and two other students injured. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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    Police walk up to search the Highlands Ranch, Colo., home of the 18-year-old shooting suspect Karl Halverson Pierson who shot a student at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, then turned the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Parents pick up their daughter at a church where students from nearby Arapahoe High School were evacuated to after a shooting on the Centennial, Colo., campus Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter shot two others at the school, before apparently killing himself.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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    A student stares out a bus window as it arrives at a church to be reunited with family after students from nearby Arapahoe High School were evacuated their after a shooting at the school in Centennial, Colo., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter shot two others at the school, before apparently killing himself.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • A woman screams as she arrives at a church where students from nearby Arapahoe High School were evacuated to after a shooting on the Centennial, Colo., campus Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter shot two others at the school, before apparently killing himself.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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