1 killed in double shooting near Westminster High School, suspect at large

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A large contingent of police had cordoned off an intersection two blocks from Westminster High School as they investigated a double shooting that left one person dead on Friday afternoon.

Law enforcement officials from both the Westminster Police Department and Adams County Sheriff's Office were on scene at the intersection of West 72nd Avenue and Raleigh Street as of 4 p.m.

A short time later, police confirmed one individual was killed in the shooting, and a second was transported to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries. Westminster Police spokesperson Kate Kazell said the suspect was still at large as of 4:30 p.m., though she was unable to provide a description of that suspect.

Kazell also confirmed that police had set up a perimeter a "several-block perimeter" in the area, which is largely residential, as part of their ongoing search for the suspect.

The shooting took place in England Park, which is about a quarter mile north of Westminster High School, Kazell said. Students were released for the day at 2:25 p.m. on Friday, approximately a half hour before the shooting was reported.

Later in the day, police confirmed they received reports that there was a fight in the park between several people just before the shooting occurred. The shooter and others involved in the disturbance fled, and a weapon was located near the scene of the shooting.

Around 5 p.m., police said a person of interest was identified and taken into custody. That person was not identified by police, and there was no word as of late Friday night whether that person was a suspect in the shooting.

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