Sunday, December 09, 2007

Shooting Outside Colorado Church (UPDATE) Four Dead?

There's been another shooting in Colorado today, this one outside a Colorado Springs church.

This on the heels of the overnight killing of two at a Christian missionary.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At least four people were shot outside of a Colorado Springs church on Sunday, but it was not immediately known whether the shootings were related to an earlier shooting about 70 miles away, authorities said.

The conditions of the people shot outside the New Life Church were not known, El Paso county Sheriff's Lt. Lari Sevene said.

Two people died and two were wounded earlier Sunday when a gunman opened fire in a dormitory at a missionary training center in the Denver suburb of Arvada.
More here.
Lance Coles, a pastor at New Life Church, told The Associated Press he received a report that a man was shooting at people in the church parking lot and that the gunman may have entered the church.

New Life was founded by the Rev. Ted Haggard, who was fired last year after a former male prostitute alleged he had a three year cash-for-sex relationship.

Haggard, then the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, admitted to undisclosed "sexual immorality."

The church is one of Colorado's largest with about 10,000 members.
Nice to see the AP inject the Haggard story. I guess that's more important to their agenda than the four wounded people.

UPDATE: The local ABC affiliate reports one person is in custody and a search is on for a possible second suspect.
NEWSCHANNEL 13 the ABC station in Colorado Springs is reporting there is one person in custody and police are looking for a possible second gunmen at New Life Church in northern Colorado Springs.

According to the El Paso County Sheriffs office, deputies have locked down the area around the mega church off I-25 and Interquest Parkway. Police scanner traffic indicates multiple victims were taken to area hospitals. The conditions of the victims are not being released at this time.
From CNN:
A black-clad man armed with a rifle opened fire on worshippers at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, megachurch Sunday afternoon, wounding several people, church and hospital officials reported.

Rob Brendle, an associate pastor at New Life Church, said the attack took place inside the church after a late-morning service and that the suspect was fatally shot.

But police spokesman Lt. Fletcher Howard said he could confirm no fatalities, and that all of the shooting occurred outside the church, in the parking lot.
UPDATE II: Suspect reportedly dead, though not confirmed by authorities.
A 9NEWS source has confirmed the gunman was shot and killed by a security guard. Authorities also found an improvised explosive device.

Authorities have not confirmed that the suspect is dead. They say they have one person in custody. Police are not releasing any information about what kind of weapon was used in the attack or the suspect's status. 9NEWS has learned the gunman was dressed with a tactical helmet and body armor.
UPDATE III: This report says five are dead.
FIVE people, including the suspected attacker, have been killed in a shooting near a church in Colorado Springs.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said "one gunman (is) down'' and four people were dead, another possibly one wounded in the incident at the New Life Church. He said the casualty toll was preliminary.
UPDATE IV: This report indicates the gunman opened fire inside the church.

UPDATE V: Now the death toll has apparently been amended to two in the later incident today. Still developing...

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