Gunman in Colorado Springs shooting rampage identified

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --  Colorado Springs police have named the gunman who killed three in a shooting rampage Saturday morning as 33-year-old Noah Harpham.

Harpham was killed in a shootout with police shortly after the rampage started.

At Harpham’s home in the 200 block of North Prospect Street, the front door of the home is boarded up. It's where police were first called Saturday after they said shot the first of his three victims in a seemingly random attack.

In a video apparently posted online by Harpham, he addresses his father, religion and government.

“Hey folks, this is Noah, getting my blog live,”  Harpham says while seemingly walking around his house.

While the short clip shows a soft-spoken man, Harpham’s accompanying blog post rails against a pastor he accuses of mind control and cult-like teachings.

“The blog is just going to be me and a video camera. We’ll see what happens,” Harpham said.

But what happened was just two days later, when three people were killed and Harpham was dead. The shooting rampage began at the same address where he wrote his first post.

On the street outside the house, flowers lie where Harpham’s first victim was killed. Witnesses said a man riding his bike was the first person the gunman came across.

A few blocks away at a sober living house for women recovering from substance abuse, a crew cleans up the second crime scene.

“It’s a place that can provide kind of a safe haven, others that are like minded and want to get help and want to stay sober and want to get back on their feet,” said Kari Castain, clinical director for the Alano House. “It’s a terrible thing that’s happened.”

According to family, victim Christy Galella was shot and killed waiting on the front porch of the sober living home. Her sister was on her way for a girls day on the town.

Galella’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. Jennifer Vasquez was also on the porch when the gunman opened fired. Castain says both women were trying to keep their life on the right track. Both leave behind young children.

A fundraising page has also been set up for Vasquez to help pay for unexpected expenses.

“They were on an excellent path and doing well, and I think that almost makes the tragedy hit home a little harder,” Castain said.

Harpham was shot and killed in a shootout with Colorado Springs police.

Because of that, the case has been handed over to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.

The suspect's family released a statement Monday.

"Our family is shocked and deeply saddened by the devastating events that took place in Colorado Springs on Saturday morning. Words cannot express our heartfelt sympathies that go out to the families and friends of the victims. We ask for privacy as our family tries to deal with this tragedy."

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said in a statement: "The Colorado Springs community suffered a terrible tragedy on Saturday morning with the shooting deaths of three innocent victims. The perpetrator was shot by police and there is no continuing threat to the community. However, on behalf of all the citizens of Colorado Springs, I want to convey our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this crime. I am gratified that neighbors and neighborhood organizations in the area of the crime have rallied to honor the victims and support their families and friends."

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