(AURORA, Colo.) – Six teenagers were injured Monday in a shooting in a park near a suburban Denver high school, but all survived, police said.
The victims, who ranged in age from 14 to 18, were all students at Aurora Central High School in Aurora, a diverse city east of Denver, Sheriff Vanessa Wilson said. She said she needed people to be “offended” by what happened and provide any information they may have to help police find those responsible.
Wilson asked neighbors and bystanders to share any videos or photos from their phones or home surveillance systems that could help detectives identify the suspects, who have not been arrested.
Multiple bullets fired from different firearms were found at the scene, and it’s possible that some were fired by someone on foot, she said.
Wilson said police officers assigned to the school were the first to respond to a shooting and save a victim’s life by wearing a tourniquet. She said that student then had emergency surgery.
Wilson says she’s relieved the students are expected to survive but says gun violence is a public health crisis.
“There is a crisis of violence across the country right now and so I think we all need to pay attention,” she said.
Three patients from the shooting were taken to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Spokesperson Caitlin Jenney said they were in stable condition and were reunited with their families.
Several students hugged each other outside the school as staff and police escorted the students away from the direction of the crime scene. Others shouted “Stay safe” as they parted.
Student Aariah McClain, 15, said she heard gunfire while walking near the school football field during lunch. At first, she heard four gunshots, so she started walking towards the school. She later said she heard “a lot more,” she said.
“I was shocked,” she said of the shooting, as she waited outside the school with her father, Harold McClain, for her 14-year-old sister to be fired.
“I work and we pay taxes to keep these cops here. I don’t know how this is going,” said Harold McClain. “They need more security.”
Police said the school had been placed in a “safety zone” because of the shooting. That usually means that no one is allowed in or out of the school, but students and staff are free to move around in the building.
Evette Mitchell, 47, rushed to school to pick up her son, Trevell, 15, who was in PE class when he heard gunfire and the teacher escorted them to the smaller gym.
“I ran 90 (mph) on the highway,” she said, “because I didn’t know if it was my baby.”
Mitchell said she was disappointed that another shooting involving three teenagers happened near the school on a recent weekend. Parents are blamed for youth violence, Mitchell adds, but none of the activities are pocket-friendly in the area.
“Everything has a price. We’re both low-income families so it’s hard for us to find something for these kids to do,” said Mitchell, who said her son will be taking online classes for the rest of the day. of the week because of the shooting.
According to US News and World Report high school rankings, 67% of the school’s approximately 2,000 students are considered economically disadvantaged, qualifying for free or reduced price lunches.
Michelle Marin, who lives across the street from the school, said she walks her dog in the park almost every morning and sees students hanging out there all the time, “but you never think that would happen”.
“We’ve seen some lockouts but nothing like warning tapes or anything like that,” Marin said.
The shooting happened after an 18-year-old man died after being shot about 5 miles (8 km) away on Sunday night.
A shooting was also reported Friday in the parking lot of an Aurora shopping center, but police only found some shell casings when they arrived.
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