Fort Collins hospital, school shot at; FBI ups reward in northern Colorado shootings


Banner Health Center in Fort Collins suffered damage from a firearm on Sunday, the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force announced Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (Photo: Justin Joseph)

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- A Fort Collins hospital and school were shot at on Sunday and the FBI has increased the reward money to $50,000 for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for four shootings in northern Colorado this year, the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force announced Thursday.

The task force said no one was injured in the shootings at Banner Health Center and Cottonwood Plains Elementary School.

“At this point those two incidents appear to be random shootings,” said David Moore with the task force.

There is no indication they are related to the original four shootings that led to the formation of the task force.

“We heard loud noises glass shattering,” said one woman who saw the doors before the school boarded them up after the shooting Saturday.

She declined to be identified out of fear.

"I saw shattered 8 holes in the glass. I looked out the window didn’t see anything. I heard the car drive away and kids laughing," she said.

Four shootings in the spring have been connected to each other by the task force: Milliken woman Cori Romero was shot on Interstate 25 on April 22; Windsor cyclist John Jacoby was shot and killed on May 18; a person was shot at near Denver Drive and East 18th Street in Loveland on June 3; and Bill Connole was shot and killed at East First Street and St. Louis Avenue in Loveland later on June 3.

The task force said it will continue to investigate the shootings at the hospital and school to see if there is a connection to the original four shootings.

The task force also said it received anonymous tips from a specific person as recently as Aug. 17 but needs more information and is asking that person to contact the task force again.

Reports of shattered vehicle windows along the Front Range are being monitored but have not been connected to the original four shootings. And random shootings in the U.S. do not appear to be connected.

The task force said it has processed 340,385 cellphone numbers, more than 2,550 leads and conducted 500 interviews. It has also followed up on 748 vehicles and looked at more than 100 videos in connection with the four shootings.

Ten persons of interest have been cleared by the task force.

It was also announced that Fort Collins Police Services, the Greeley Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have been added to the task force, which now numbers 26 personnel.

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