Colorado Springs NAACP bombing investigation a ‘high priority,’ officials say

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Officials in El Paso County said in a statement Thursday the investigation into the Tuesday bombing outside an NAACP office in Colorado Springs is a high priority.

The joint statement from Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder, Fountain Police Chief Todd Evans and Colorado Springs NAACP President Henry Allen Jr. read:

Tuesday morning, January 6, 2015, an improvised explosive device detonated against the exterior wall of the building housing the Colorado Springs NAACP and Mr. G’s Hair Design Studio.  The investigation into this criminal act is a high priority and is being conducted as a joint effort with local and federal law enforcement resources.  Community safety is of utmost concern and we are united in our response to this incident.

Members of the public are our best resource to help solve this crime.  If you have any information on the person of interest: a Caucasian male; approximately 40 years of age and balding; driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate and a missing or covered license plate; please contact the FBI Denver tip line at (303) 435-7787.

Regardless of if this act is determined to be a biased motivated crime, the law enforcement community in El Paso County does not condone this or any act of violence.  We stand with the business owners at Mr. G’s Hair Design Studio and the NAACP denouncing any violence or aggression brought against our community.

The bomb went off at 10:45 a.m. outside the building at 602 S. El Paso St. that houses Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios and the NAACP. There were no injuries and “only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building,” the FBI said.

The NAACP said on its Facebook page the explosion knocked items off the office walls.

“This won’t deter us from doing the job we want to do in the community,” the message read.

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