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Police ID suspect in Broomfield auto repair shop shooting

Lawrence Raymond Crouch

Lawrence Raymond Crouch

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Police have identified the man who shot and killed a 56-year-old woman at an auto repair shop in Broomfield Friday.

Lawrence Raymond Crouch, 62, of Lakewood has been charged with first degree murder after he opened fire and killed a woman at East of Sweden Auto Body off of Highway 36.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, Broomfield Police responded to a report of gunshots at the auto repair shop on 155 Commerce Street.

When police arrived on the scene, they found 56-year-old Mary McGrath, an employee at East of Sweden, with multiple gunshot wounds. McGrath was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Aaron Gagne, a friend and spokesman for McGrath’s family told the Boulder Daily Camera, “The outpouring of support and love to those closest to her has been a moving testament to Mary’s warmth and kindness and a reflection of her giving spirit for which we are grateful. She will be forever missed in our lives.”

Police did not say if there was a relationship between the suspect and the victim, or a possible motive. 

Streets were closed and businesses were evacuated when the Adams County Bomb Squad was called to the area to detonate a suspicious device from the suspect’s vehicle.

“The police officer came to the door and said I should get out for three hours,” said evacuee Dorothy Elliott.

Crouch is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center without bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15.