Loveland community reacts to arrest of suspected shooter from 2015 death

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- Residents in Loveland are breathing a sigh of relief after an arrest was made in connection to two shootings three years ago.

“It was just scary,” resident Beth Rankin said.

Multiple random shootings just months apart in Larimer and Weld counties left residents on edge in 2015.

“I have a brother that doesn’t live far from there and he used to walk to work and you just get scared because you feel like you can’t be out in the open,” Rankin said.

On the night of June 3, the Loveland Police Department said a man driving a pickup truck followed a motorcyclist near Denver Avenue and East 18th Street.

Moments later, shots were fired. The motorcyclist was not wounded. But about 15 minutes later, the shooter struck again, this time two miles away.

William Connole, 65, was out walking when he was shot and killed at the intersection of East First Street and North St. Louis Avenue.

“Being in northern Colorado and not knowing who the individual was or whether or not it was safe to travel on the back roads, that was a huge concern for people,” resident David Jaramillo said.

On Thursday, officials said they have arrested 35-year-old Christopher Parker in connection to the two shootings.

“Of course it’s relief, but I think we’re all still very guarded,” Rankin said.

Parker is facing charges of murder and attempted murder. He will be in court next week for a first appearance.

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