Drive-by shooting near Colorado high school leaves six teenage students hospitalized: Cops hunt for gunmen
- Six Aurora Central High School students suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot at a park just north of the Colorado school
- Police recovered multiple calibers of bullets in the drive-by shooting, and said they’re looking for ‘multiple’ suspects
- Aurora’s police chief said ‘I need us all to be outraged by what happened’
- One victim was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery
- Witnesses said they heard upward of 50 gunshots as students ran for cover
Colorado police are on the hunt for ‘multiple’ suspects after six teens were injured near an Aurora high school Monday afternoon.
The victims, aged 14 to 18, were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting at Nome Park, which neighbors Aurora Central High School, police said.
‘I need us all to be outraged by what happened here today,’ Aurora police chief Vanessa Wilson told reporters.
Investigators recovered various calibers of bullets from the scene, leading them to believe ‘multiple’ gunmen opened fire although no arrests had been made.
Witnesses recalled hearing upward of 50 gunshots as students fled the park, Fox 31 reported.
School resource officers applied a tourniquet to a teen who was taken to hospital for emergency surgery, Wilson said, adding that none of the victims suffered life-threatening injures.
None of the victims, all students at the school, suffered life-threatening injuries.
Wilson said her heart dropped when she learned of the shooting.
Colorado police are on the hunt for ‘multiple’ suspects after six teens were injured near an Aurora high school Monday afternoon
Investigators recovered various calibers of bullets from the scene, leading them to believe ‘multiple’ gunmen opened fire
None of the students suffered life-threatening injuries, though one underwent surgery
‘Enough is enough,’ she said. ‘We need to come together as a community. This is not all on law enforcement. We need to get through to our kids and figure out a way to stop this.’
Aariah McClain, 15, told The Associated Press she head gunfire while walking on the schools campus during her lunchbreaks.
‘I was shocked,’ she told the outlet.
Evette Mitchell, whose 15-year-old son attends the school, said the neighborhood lacked affordable activities to keep kids out of trouble.
‘Everything costs,’ she told AP. ‘We’re all low-income families so it’s hard for us to find something for these kids to do.’
‘The most important function of government is the protection of its people and I strongly believe that public safety must always be the top priority for this city.’
Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman issued a statement following the shooting.
‘My prayers are with the injured and their families,’ he tweeted.
‘As the facts surrounding this incident become known, I look forward to hearing from our Chief of Police and from our District Attorney about what actions will be taken to apprehend and prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, those responsible for this incident.’
Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman issued a statement following the shooting, saying his ‘prayers are with the injured and their families’
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said that six Aurora Central High School students were shot at Nome Park Monday afternoon