Colorado Gunman Identified, Likely Did Both Attacks
The law enforcement official said Murray was believed to be the gunman in both attacks. Murray did not appear to have a criminal history but "hated Christians," the official said.
....Murray's father, Ronald S. Murray, is a neurologist who is chief executive of the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center in Englewood.
Murray attended the Youth With a Misson program in Arvada about three years ago but was kicked out. He began sending them hate mail a few weeks ago.
Original Post 12/9/07
Shooting Deaths at Two Colorado Evangelical Sites
Three people and a gunman are dead in Colorado following two shooting sprees at evangelical sites, 70 miles apart.
The first was in Arvada, near Denver. The second was in Colorado Springs, about 60 miles south of Denver.Police don't yet know if they were connected.
The first shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. Mountain time in Arvada, about 15 miles northwest of Denver at the offices of Youth With a Mission, an evangelical Christian group that trains missionaries. Two people were killed, and two were injured.
At about 1 p.m. in Colorado Springs, about 70 miles away, at least four people were shot, one fatally, in the parking lot of the New Life Church, the 14,000-member evangelical Christian megachurch that was founded by the Rev. Ted Haggard, who was fired last year after charges of sexual impropriety. Chief Richard Myers of the Colorado Springs police said a security guard had shot and killed the gunman there.
Police are treating the suspect in the first shooting as still being on the loose. He's in his '20s. He had asked to spend the night at the mission and was refused. 45 youths were on the premises when the shootng occurred.
Update 10:00 pm MT: Live Press Confernce, Chief Meyers, Colo. Springs Police Department:[more]
Suspect was confronted by security guard. She shot him and he died. There were no explosives. as they initially thought. They are working with Arvada to determine if there is a connection between the two sets of shootings. They have no information to suggest that.
End of Press conference. The local news is reporting they are searching a house right now in Arapahoe County (which is nowhere near either Arvada or Colorado Springs.) The bomb squad is there, the warrant was obtained by the Arvada police and they are taking a lot of boxes out of the house. They took out two people from the house. There are 15 to 20 investigators inside, FBI, ATF and local cops.
Since so many people at the Arvada shooting saw the suspect, they must know by now if he's the shooter killed in Colorado Springs. They could have faxed or driven up a photo of the dead shooter to show the witnesses from the Arvada shootings. Since they are saying they have no information as to a connection between the two incidents, it must not be the same guy.
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