The Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force held a press conference Sept. 17 to update the public on the status of the investigations into the recent shootings in Northern Colorado. The task force is investigating four confirmed shootings — on April 22, May 18, and two on June 3.
On Sept. 13, the Banner Health Center on Lady Moon Drive reported to Fort Collins Police Services that their building was damaged by a firearm. The damage occurred to a portion of the building that was occupied at the time and no one was injured. On the same day, Cottonwood Plains Elementary School on Turman Drive reported to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office that their building was damaged by a firearm. The task force will monitor and investigate the details surrounding those incidents; however there is no information to indicate they are related to the four original shootings.
The task force announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now offering up to $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the four original shootings. However, if circumstances change and the reported shootings at Banner Health and Cottonwood Plains Elementary School are proven to be directly related to the original four shootings, circumstances regarding the reward may change.
The task force is also announcing that as of Sept. 8, personnel from Fort Collins Police Services, Greeley Police Department and Colorado Bureau of Investigation were assigned to the task force. These agencies were added to the task force to increase effectiveness in the areas of processing information and gathering intelligence on criminal activity in the surrounding region.
The task force is asking the public that if anyone has any information concerning these cases to please come forward. In so many cases like these, there may be several people who have information and believe that someone else has already come forward with that same information.
The task force has received anonymous tips from a specific person as recent as Aug. 17 and investigators have followed up on the information that was provided, however more information is needed. The person that made the report is encouraged to contact the task force again and give specific details to support why he/she believes what was reported is accurate.
The task force continues to monitor regional reports of shattered vehicle windows and work with the law enforcement agencies responding to those incidents. To date, there has been no physical or forensic evidence recovered to indicate any of the reported shattered windows are related to the four shootings being investigated by the task force.
The task force also continues to monitor other seemingly random shooting incidents in the U.S. To date, there is no indication that any of those incidents are related to the cases under investigation by the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force.
The task force has processed over 340,385 cell phone numbers, more than 2,550 leads, and conducted over 500 interviews. Task force investigators have followed up on 748 vehicles and looked at over 100 videos from businesses in the vicinity of these four crimes. Ten persons of interest have been identified and cleared by the task force and there are 26 personnel assigned to the task force.