Sunday, December 9, 2007

A second set of Colorado shootings today

I just got on Twitter and, after reading mosqueda's feed, I wished that I hadn't.

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.

"When we got here, there were victims out here in the parking lot and everyone else was in the church," he said.

He said a suspect was in custody, but police do not know the motive for the attack nor any relationship between the suspect and the victims. Howard would not confirm the number of wounded, but added, "We have some people that are in shock, which is to be expected after an event like this takes place."...

The shooting at New Life Church came about 12 hours after a shooting at a missionary training center in Arvada, outside Denver, left two people dead and two wounded. The gunman in that incident is still being sought by police.

As of Sunday afternoon, there was no known connection between the two incidents. Arvada and Colorado Springs are about 70 miles apart.

The church was founded by the Rev. Ted Haggard, an evangelical Christian leader who was ousted in 2006....

Dan Mosqueda had previously tweeted about the Arvada shooting also. At the time it wasn't big news (as I tweeted, it was buried in CNN's text service while the main show talked about Mormonism), but unfortunately when two of these things happen within 100 miles of each other, the effect compounds greatly.

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