Republican advocates of the right to bear arms with high-capacity magazines aim to legalize them again despite Colorado’s latest mass shooting.
On New Year’s Eve, Matthew Riehl ambushed Douglas County sheriff’s deputies, killing Zackari Parrish, a father of two, and wounding six other people before he was shot and killed.
It was the second time in five years that Colorado has been traumatized by a lone madman wielding a military-style rifle and other guns.
James Holmes took a heavier toll in 2012. He killed 12 people and wounded 58 others at an Aurora theater as moviegoers desperately tried to hide or flee.
Both men owned gun magazines capable of holding 100 rounds of ammunition. Colorado lawmakers banned such magazines after the Aurora shooting, but Riehl bought his in Wyoming legally along with a cache of other weapons from a gun store in Laramie.
He fired a barrage of bullets from his apartment bedroom when deputies
A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured.
Douglas County sheriff Tony Spurlock said the shooting occurred at a home at the Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped complex in Highlands Ranch, 16 miles (28km) south of Denver.
The suspect was well known to authorities but Spurlock declined to name him until his identity was confirmed. Authorities had left the home about four hours earlier to address a noise complaint and returned to in response to reports of a disturbance at the home.
“I do know that all of them were shot very, very quickly. They all went down almost within seconds of each other, so it was more of an ambush-type of attack on our officers,” Spurlock said. “He knew we were coming and we
President Trump extended his “deepest condolences” to the victims of a deadly shooting in a south Denver suburb that left one Douglas County, Colo., deputy dead and four other deputies injured.
“My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all! #LESM,” the president said, tagging the official Twitter account of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
“#LESM” is a widely used hashtag that stands for “law enforcement social media.”
Two civilians were also injured in the incident, which took place early Sunday morning local time, when law enforcement officers were responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex.
No further personal information has been released about those injured, or the extent of their injuries.
The suspect has been reportedly shot dead.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Twitter,
Authorities say four others were shot; Will Carr shares the latest details.
An early morning New Year’s Eve domestic disturbance call sparked a mass shooting that has left at least one deputy dead, four others injured and two civilians wounded in an apartment complex just south of Denver.
Every time another mass shooting happens, the suspects’ photos take over TV screens and newspaper front pages. Their names are on radio shows, in college classrooms, and on people’s minds around the world. They seem to blend together to form a singular mask of evil, indistinguishable from one another.
Except when it’s a name you know.
Elise Bergsten faced that reality on Halloween night, 2015 when 33-year-old Noah Harpham, the son of a family friend, walked down a quiet downtown Colorado Springs sidewalk and went on a killing rampage. Caught in the deadly crosshairs were two mothers and a man riding his bicycle.
Elise struggled to find answers and found herself asking a familiar question: Why?
Instead of an answer, more questions came; just 13 days later, two more tragedies unfolded that stunned the world. In Paris, gunmen opened fire at the Bataclan Theater, killing
Hayne Rucker and Aaron Stephens said they had been checking out their purchases near the front of the Walmart when they heard a loud bang that echoed through the aisles. Two gunshots followed, and then three or four more in quick succession, they said.
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“I just tore toward the door,” Mr. Rucker said.
Gonzalo Benitez, a construction worker, said he had been buying food for his family when he heard six or seven gunshots and customers began screaming.
“A lot of people crying, running fast,” Mr. Benitez, 44, said. “I see a couple of people on the floor.”
He and other customers rushed through the aisles to a rear exit door, he said, and had to pound against it to force it open.
Even as the Thornton police warned people to stay away from the crime scene,
THORNTON, Colo. — A gunman opened fire at a Walmart here on Wednesday evening, striking multiple people, the police said. Three victims were confirmed dead, including a woman who died after being taken to the hospital.
It was unclear whether the gunman was among those shot.
The Thornton Police Department confirmed the shooting on Twitter at 6:27 p.m. local time
DENVER — George Brauchler, a Republican candidate for Colorado governor, says he will bring the Aurora theater shooter back to Colorado if he is elected governor in 2018.
Brauchler tweeted the message out on Friday morning.
“As Governor, I will return Aurora theater shooting mass murderer back to CO to serve his sentence here, where he committed his evil crime,” the current District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado tweeted.
As Governor, I will return Aurora #TheaterShooting mass murderer back to CO to serve his sentence here, where he committed his evil crime.