<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:09:15 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[2 women dead after shooting in Denver, man arrested by Castle Rock police]]> By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/2-women-dead-after-shooting-in-denver-man-arrested-by-castle-rock-police/article/1540474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-women-dead-after-shooting-in-denver-man-arrested-by-castle-rock-police/article/1540474?custom_click=rss Police in Denver have arrested a man in connection with a shooting late Wednesday that left two women dead at an apartment complex off Parker Road in the southeast part of the city.

Jose Gabriel King, 22, was arrested by the Castle Rock Police Department and is being held at the Denver County jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

Denver police responded to the shooting around 11:10 p.m. at the French Quarter Aparments on the 3200 block of Parker Road and found the women.

Next-door neighbor Basil Jaddoa heard shots and screams and went next door to see what was going in.



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Police in Denver have arrested a man in connection with a shooting late Wednesday that left two women dead at an apartment complex off Parker Road in the southeast part of the city.

Jose Gabriel King, 22, was arrested by the Castle Rock Police Department and is being held at the Denver County jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

Denver police responded to the shooting around 11:10 p.m. at the French Quarter Aparments on the 3200 block of Parker Road and found the women.

Next-door neighbor Basil Jaddoa heard shots and screams and went next door to see what was going in.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:35:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Soldier who pleaded guilty in solicitation case to be sentenced Thursday]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/soldier-who-pleaded-guilty-in-solicitation-case-to-be-sentenced-thursday/article/1540469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soldier-who-pleaded-guilty-in-solicitation-case-to-be-sentenced-thursday/article/1540469?custom_click=rss

A man who pleaded guilty in August of offering to pay young women and girls to watch him masturbate will be sentenced on Thursday morning.

Duston Ridner, 44, solicited more than a dozen girls and women between the ages of 12 and 22 in April and May. At the time, he was a Fort Carson special forces medic who had been in the Army for 12 years. He had received the the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He pleaded guilty in August to one count of criminal attempt to commit obscenity.



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A man who pleaded guilty in August of offering to pay young women and girls to watch him masturbate will be sentenced on Thursday morning.

Duston Ridner, 44, solicited more than a dozen girls and women between the ages of 12 and 22 in April and May. At the time, he was a Fort Carson special forces medic who had been in the Army for 12 years. He had received the the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He pleaded guilty in August to one count of criminal attempt to commit obscenity.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:32:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Gag order issued in Black Forest animal cruelty case]]> BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/gag-order-issued-in-black-forest-animal-cruelty-case/article/1540455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gag-order-issued-in-black-forest-animal-cruelty-case/article/1540455?custom_click=rss A gag order has been issued in an animal cruelty case involving 10 horses found living among the skeletal remains of more than a dozen horses on a Black Forest property last month.

Investigators, attorneys, law enforcement officers and Humane Society personnel are barred from discussing the case, according to a court minute order. Fourth Judicial District Attorney Judge Stephen Sletta granted a motion from the defense to limit pre-trial coverage in a hearing Wednesday morning.

The owner of the horses, 62-year-old Sherri Brunzell, was cited for class-one misdemeanor animal cruelty after the horses and several llamas were found by a woman renting on the property, located at the 5400 block of Burgess Road, off Milam Road.



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A gag order has been issued in an animal cruelty case involving 10 horses found living among the skeletal remains of more than a dozen horses on a Black Forest property last month.

Investigators, attorneys, law enforcement officers and Humane Society personnel are barred from discussing the case, according to a court minute order. Fourth Judicial District Attorney Judge Stephen Sletta granted a motion from the defense to limit pre-trial coverage in a hearing Wednesday morning.

The owner of the horses, 62-year-old Sherri Brunzell, was cited for class-one misdemeanor animal cruelty after the horses and several llamas were found by a woman renting on the property, located at the 5400 block of Burgess Road, off Milam Road.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:24:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police release photos of suspected tire slasher]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-release-photos-of-suspected-tire-slasher/article/1540430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-release-photos-of-suspected-tire-slasher/article/1540430?custom_click=rss

Still images from a surveillance video that show a tire slasher in action have been released with the hope the individual can be identified.

Colorado Springs police have confirmed 47 victims in the area of Maroon Bells Avenue, just northeast of Academy Avenue and Vickers Drive, who found their tires slashed Saturday morning. An initial estimate put the number of victims at 70, but police have lowered the number because some people had more than one car that was affected.

Police released the images Wednesday. They show an individual wearing a backpack with distinct markings bending down to the tire of a car and then walking away.

"Somebody should be able to recognize that (backpack)," said Lt. Catherine Buckley,



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Still images from a surveillance video that show a tire slasher in action have been released with the hope the individual can be identified.

Colorado Springs police have confirmed 47 victims in the area of Maroon Bells Avenue, just northeast of Academy Avenue and Vickers Drive, who found their tires slashed Saturday morning. An initial estimate put the number of victims at 70, but police have lowered the number because some people had more than one car that was affected.

Police released the images Wednesday. They show an individual wearing a backpack with distinct markings bending down to the tire of a car and then walking away.

"Somebody should be able to recognize that (backpack)," said Lt. Catherine Buckley,

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:07:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man accused of sexual assault on 11-year-old girl]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-accused-of-sexual-assault-on-11-year-old-girl/article/1540453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-accused-of-sexual-assault-on-11-year-old-girl/article/1540453?custom_click=rss A man arrested in a Colorado Springs gym parking lot Monday evening is suspected of inappropriately touching and having sex with an 11-year-old girl, according to a highly redacted arrest affidavit.

Edgar Gonzalez, 38, is suspected of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust. The alleged offenses date to 2013, according to court documents.

A teacher reported the suspected abuse about a year ago, after the girl, now 12, told her she was sad because "(redacted) keeps touching me where's he's not supposed to."

According to court documents, when the teacher asked how often it happened, the girl told her, "Every time my mom is gone or in the shower."

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A man arrested in a Colorado Springs gym parking lot Monday evening is suspected of inappropriately touching and having sex with an 11-year-old girl, according to a highly redacted arrest affidavit.

Edgar Gonzalez, 38, is suspected of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust. The alleged offenses date to 2013, according to court documents.

A teacher reported the suspected abuse about a year ago, after the girl, now 12, told her she was sad because "(redacted) keeps touching me where's he's not supposed to."

According to court documents, when the teacher asked how often it happened, the girl told her, "Every time my mom is gone or in the shower."

The girl's mother later described to investigators a

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:03:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police searching for man suspected of sexual assault]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-man-suspected-of-sexual-assault/article/1540388?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-man-suspected-of-sexual-assault/article/1540388?custom_click=rss Police are searching for a 56-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance, Colorado Springs police said.

Officers responded to a home on the 2900 block of Tejon Steet Tuesday afternoon to investigate reports of a disturbance. After speaking with a woman at the address, police issued a warrant for the arrest of Robert Crockford.
Anyone with information about Crockford is asked to call police at 444-7000.

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Contact Lisa Walton: 476-1623

Twitter @LisaWaltonCO

Facebook: lisa.walton.



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Police are searching for a 56-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance, Colorado Springs police said.

Officers responded to a home on the 2900 block of Tejon Steet Tuesday afternoon to investigate reports of a disturbance. After speaking with a woman at the address, police issued a warrant for the arrest of Robert Crockford.
Anyone with information about Crockford is asked to call police at 444-7000.

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Contact Lisa Walton: 476-1623

Twitter @LisaWaltonCO

Facebook: lisa.walton.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:54:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Detective: Apartment fire sparked by spurned lover]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/detective-apartment-fire-sparked-by-spurned-lover/article/1540386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/detective-apartment-fire-sparked-by-spurned-lover/article/1540386?custom_click=rss

DENVER — An investigator says a woman accused of starting a fire that injured eight people in a suburban Denver apartment building did it because she was furious about a recent breakup.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1sBAifR ) 23-year-old Naomi Almodovar appeared in court Tuesday for her preliminary hearing. She faces 37 counts of attempted murder and numerous counts of assault and arson for the June 23 fire in Centennial.

Sheriff's Detective Karl Ditus testified Almodovar was angered by the breakup with a woman she had a relationship with and plotted the fire to exact revenge against the woman and her new boyfriend.



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DENVER — An investigator says a woman accused of starting a fire that injured eight people in a suburban Denver apartment building did it because she was furious about a recent breakup.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1sBAifR ) 23-year-old Naomi Almodovar appeared in court Tuesday for her preliminary hearing. She faces 37 counts of attempted murder and numerous counts of assault and arson for the June 23 fire in Centennial.

Sheriff's Detective Karl Ditus testified Almodovar was angered by the breakup with a woman she had a relationship with and plotted the fire to exact revenge against the woman and her new boyfriend.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:09:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police dog aides in arrest of man suspected of child sex crime]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-dog-aides-in-arrest-of-man-suspected-of-child-sex-crime/article/1540343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-dog-aides-in-arrest-of-man-suspected-of-child-sex-crime/article/1540343?custom_click=rss A police dog aided in catching a man suspected in a child sex assault case, according to Colorado Springs police.

Edgar Gonzalez was arrested Monday night after he was seen leaving a business on North Academy Boulevard. Police said Gonzalez complied when he was ordered to lie on the ground, but he allegedly reached inside a bag, possibly searching for a weapon. Police were unable to confirm Tuesday morning whether the man did possess a weapon.

Police put K-9 Officer Broc on Gonzalez's leg, and managed to kick the bag away from him and complete the arrest without further resistance. Gonzalez was treated at Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained from the dog.

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Edgar Gonzalez was arrested Monday night after he was seen leaving a business on North Academy Boulevard. Police said Gonzalez complied when he was ordered to lie on the ground, but he allegedly reached inside a bag, possibly searching for a weapon. Police were unable to confirm Tuesday morning whether the man did possess a weapon.

Police put K-9 Officer Broc on Gonzalez's leg, and managed to kick the bag away from him and complete the arrest without further resistance. Gonzalez was treated at Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained from the dog.]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[FBI says it faked AP story to catch bomb suspect]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/fbi-says-it-faked-ap-story-to-catch-bomb-suspect/article/1540369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fbi-says-it-faked-ap-story-to-catch-bomb-suspect/article/1540369?custom_click=rss SEATTLE — The FBI is confirming it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007.

But it says it did not spoof a Seattle Times web page as part of the investigation.

Both news organizations have objected to the FBI's actions.

Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI's help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of evacuations at Timberline High School in June 2007.

Seattle FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich says the FBI tricked the 15-year-old suspect into revealing the location and Internet address of his computer by sending a link for the fake AP article to a social media account associated with the threats.



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SEATTLE — The FBI is confirming it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007.

But it says it did not spoof a Seattle Times web page as part of the investigation.

Both news organizations have objected to the FBI's actions.

Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI's help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of evacuations at Timberline High School in June 2007.

Seattle FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich says the FBI tricked the 15-year-old suspect into revealing the location and Internet address of his computer by sending a link for the fake AP article to a social media account associated with the threats.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:51:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver police, feds conduct large-scale raids on marijuana sites]]> The Denver Post http://gazette.com/denver-police-feds-conduct-large-scale-raids-on-marijuana-sites/article/1540359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-feds-conduct-large-scale-raids-on-marijuana-sites/article/1540359?custom_click=rss Denver police and federal agents on Tuesday morning raided multiple marijuana growing operations across Denver.

At one site, a Denver police officer was seen in a blue hazmat suit entering a building on North Bryant Street. The officer's suit reeked of marijuana.

He told The Denver Post that he and other police were executing a search warrant and that several were being executed around town.

James Gothe, group supervisor of the Drug Enforcement Administration's special support unit in Denver, offered little comment about the operation.

"It's a very large and successful investigation,"Gothe said. "We're assisting.



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Denver police and federal agents on Tuesday morning raided multiple marijuana growing operations across Denver.

At one site, a Denver police officer was seen in a blue hazmat suit entering a building on North Bryant Street. The officer's suit reeked of marijuana.

He told The Denver Post that he and other police were executing a search warrant and that several were being executed around town.

James Gothe, group supervisor of the Drug Enforcement Administration's special support unit in Denver, offered little comment about the operation.

"It's a very large and successful investigation,"Gothe said. "We're assisting.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:00:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Man killed in Denver-area Wal-Mart parking lot]]> The Denver Post http://gazette.com/man-killed-in-denver-area-wal-mart-parking-lot/article/1540339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-killed-in-denver-area-wal-mart-parking-lot/article/1540339?custom_click=rss A man was shot and killed Monday night in the parking lot of a Walmart store in unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Chief Vince Line of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred sometime before 8:45 p.m. at the store at 1412 South Parker Road.

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A man was shot and killed Monday night in the parking lot of a Walmart store in unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Chief Vince Line of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred sometime before 8:45 p.m. at the store at 1412 South Parker Road.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:56:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Man with machete and meth fought cop]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-with-machete-and-meth-fought-cop/article/1540335?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-with-machete-and-meth-fought-cop/article/1540335?custom_click=rss A man who Colorado Springs police say was armed with a machete was arrested early Tuesday morning after a brief fight with police.

Police saw a suspicious vehicle driving slowly behind closed businesses on North Academy Boulevard around 3:45 a.m. John Britten, the driver, had a large machete with him.

Police say Britten, 24, tried to punch an officer several times when he was searched for additional weapons. He did not attempt to injure the officer with the machete.

Britten was found to have methamphetamine in his possession, police say, and he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer and a narcotics violation.

No one was injured in the scuffle.



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A man who Colorado Springs police say was armed with a machete was arrested early Tuesday morning after a brief fight with police.

Police saw a suspicious vehicle driving slowly behind closed businesses on North Academy Boulevard around 3:45 a.m. John Britten, the driver, had a large machete with him.

Police say Britten, 24, tried to punch an officer several times when he was searched for additional weapons. He did not attempt to injure the officer with the machete.

Britten was found to have methamphetamine in his possession, police say, and he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer and a narcotics violation.

No one was injured in the scuffle.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:00:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Castle Rock deaths ruled murder-suicide]]> http://gazette.com/castle-rock-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/article/feed/172338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/castle-rock-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/article/feed/172338?custom_click=rss CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people whose bodies were found in a Castle Rock home died as a result of a murder-suicide.

The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

A regional SWAT team was called and found the bodies when it entered the home at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not said why the SWAT team

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The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

A regional SWAT team was called and found the bodies when it entered the home at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not said why the SWAT team ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:45:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Details released on two bodies found in Castle Rock]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/details-released-on-two-bodies-found-in-castle-rock/article/1540315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/details-released-on-two-bodies-found-in-castle-rock/article/1540315?custom_click=rss CASTLE ROCK — Authorities say two people whose bodies were found in a Castle Rock home died as a result of a murder-suicide.

The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

A regional SWAT team was called and found the bodies when it entered the home at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not said why the SWAT team was



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CASTLE ROCK — Authorities say two people whose bodies were found in a Castle Rock home died as a result of a murder-suicide.

The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

A regional SWAT team was called and found the bodies when it entered the home at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not said why the SWAT team was

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:17:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Judge sets new trial date for James Holmes]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/judge-sets-new-trial-date-for-james-holmes/article/1540316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-sets-new-trial-date-for-james-holmes/article/1540316?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — A Colorado judge has postponed the death penalty trial for movie theater shooter James Holmes so that Holmes' attorneys can have more time to evaluate a second report on their client's sanity.

Judge Carlos A. Samour wrote in a Monday ruling that jury selection will start Jan. 20. It had been set for Dec. 8.

The new schedule won't unnecessarily delay the case but gives Holmes' attorneys time to analyze the second sanity exam and prepare for trial, Samour wrote in the order. Jury selection could take months, with opening statements to begin in early June, as previously expected.

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CENTENNIAL — A Colorado judge has postponed the death penalty trial for movie theater shooter James Holmes so that Holmes' attorneys can have more time to evaluate a second report on their client's sanity.

Judge Carlos A. Samour wrote in a Monday ruling that jury selection will start Jan. 20. It had been set for Dec. 8.

The new schedule won't unnecessarily delay the case but gives Holmes' attorneys time to analyze the second sanity exam and prepare for trial, Samour wrote in the order. Jury selection could take months, with opening statements to begin in early June, as previously expected.

Holmes, 26, a former graduate student in neuroscience, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:01:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Sheriff: High school shooter invited victims to lunch]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/sheriff-high-school-shooter-invited-victims-to-lunch/article/1540299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriff-high-school-shooter-invited-victims-to-lunch/article/1540299?custom_click=rss

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators said Monday.

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said at a news conference that the five students were at a lunch table when they were shot by 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg then committed suicide.

Detectives are digging through reams of text messages, phone and social media records as part of an investigation that could take months, Trenary said.

"The question everybody wants is, 'Why?'" Trenary said. "I don't know that the 'why' is something we can provide.



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MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators said Monday.

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said at a news conference that the five students were at a lunch table when they were shot by 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg then committed suicide.

Detectives are digging through reams of text messages, phone and social media records as part of an investigation that could take months, Trenary said.

"The question everybody wants is, 'Why?'" Trenary said. "I don't know that the 'why' is something we can provide.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:04:11 -0600