2nd teen arrested following the shooting of 6 teens near a Colorado high school
AURORA, Colo. (KKTV) - Sadness. Outrage. The city of Aurora is reeling after a shooting right outside a high school left six students wounded, said its police chief.
“I think we’re seeing a public health crisis, really, when we think about gun violence,” Chief Vanessa Wilson said.
Four boys and two girls between the ages of 14-18 were at Nome Park Monday afternoon, located across the street from Central High School. Just before 1 p.m., gunfire rang out.
As of Friday, two 15-year-old suspects had been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder. As of Friday night, police were still working to identify the shooters in the park and additional suspects in vehicles.
“As soon as I heard the shots, I hit the deck,” a neighbor said.
On Tuesday, Aurora Police shared two photos of suspect vehicles. On Wednesday, the department announced one of the vehicles was located. A reward of $7,000 is being offered in the case.
“People started, like, trying to get out of the school but they wouldn’t let them because that’s when the teachers are actually starting to get in charge and trying to get them to, like, stay inside, be careful, shootings,” a Central student told 11 News reporter Catherine Silver.
Detectives say multiple shooters may have been involved, and while it’s being described as a drive-by, are not excluding the possibility that some of the gunmen were on foot.
“We’ve recovered multiple rounds and different calibers,” Wilson said, describing the crime scene as spanning a few blocks.
“Very rapid and very inconsistent,” one neighbor observed. “It couldn’t be one trigger finger. I had to be a couple people.”
School resource officers were first on scene, and their quick actions may have saved lives, Wilson said.
“They applied life-saving measures in form of a tourniquet for the individual that’s in surgery now. ... I couldn’t be more proud of them. They saved a life today and I want to applaud the men and women that showed up here today.”
The teens are all expected to survive, including the one who underwent emergency surgery.
“Right now we’re hearing that their non-life-threatening injuries, but obviously anyone that shot with a weapon a gunshot is serious. So, we need lots of prayers,” Wilson said.
“I can tell you when I got the call my heart dropped.”
There is currently no information on what led up to the shooting, and police are urging those living nearby to check their home cameras.
“What I need is for people to come forward. I know everyone nowadays have some sort of camera system that would be very helpful for us to get some stills out of what the suspects were wearing or what the vehicles that they were driving. Also, I just need you to talk to your kids and I need you to ask them to please come forward if they have information.”
Later in the week, a second shooting was carried out in the parking lot of a different Aurora high school. Click here for more on the second shooting.
Anyone with any information, even if it seems insignificant, is encouraged to call the Aurora Police Department or Crime Stoppers.
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