Sheriff’s Office releases update on Northern Colorado shootings

Sady Swanson

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office released an update Thursday concerning the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force that was formed to investigate the four shootings in Northern Colorado over the summer.

Since the shootings, the task force has investigated two reports of a building damaged by a firearm on Sept. 13; the Banner Health Center on Lady Mood Dr. and Cottonwood Plains Elementary School on Truman Dr. No injuries were reported in those incidents. The release said that the task force will continue to monitor the details of these cases, there is no information to indicate they are related to the four original shootings.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering up to $50,000 reward for any information leading to “the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the four original shootings,” according to the press release. The circumstances of the reward may change if the reported shootings at Banner Health Center and Cottonwood Plains Elementary school are proven to be directly related to the original shootings.

The press release also called for people to come forward with any information they may have about the incidents.

“In so many cases like these, there may be several people who have information and believe that someone else has already come forward with the same information,” according to the press release. “Please do not make that assumption – come forward with the information you have whether or not you think someone has already done so.”

The task force has also asked that anyone who has provided an anonymous tip “as recent as Aug. 17, 2015,” to provide more details to further the investigation.

“Task force investigators have followed up on the information you provided, however more information is needed,” according to the press release. “You are encouraged to contact the task force again, by any method you are comfortable with, and give specific details to support why you believe what you have already reported is accurate.”

The task force is also monitoring other “seemingly random” shootings in the United States, but have found no cases that appear related.

To date, the task force has processed over 340,000 cell phone numbers, 2,550 leads and conducted over 500 interviews. 10 persons of interest have been identified and cleared by the task force.

As of Sept. 8, members from Fort Collins Police Services, Greeley Police Department and Colorado Bureau of Investigation were assigned to the task force.

The first shooting occurred on April 22 at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Interstate 25 near the Harmony Road exits, where a woman believed she was in a traffic accident when she was shot in the neck.

The second shooting was on May 18 at approximately 10:15 a.m. near the intersection of Weld County Road 15 and Weld County Road 72 where a man was shot and killed while riding his bicycle.

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The third and fourth shootings occurred June 3 at 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. respectively. At 10:30 p.m., a person was shot while riding a motorcycle near the intersection of Denver Dr. and East 18th St. in Loveland. At 10:45 p.m., a man was shot and killed while standing at the intersection of East 1st St. and North St. Louis Ave. in Loveland.

The investigation into these shootings remains active and ongoing.

Collegian Assistant News Editor Sady Swanson can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan.