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2 people die in shooting on UCCS campus Friday, putting the school on lockdown

Posted at 7:24 AM, Feb 16, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-16 13:48:01-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two people died in a shooting on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus Friday, putting the school on lockdown, the Colorado Springs Police Department confirmed.

It's early in the investigation, and while the coroner will make the official determination of cause and manner of death, these deaths are being investigated as a homicide, Colorado Springs police said.

It was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public, according to Colorado Springs police.

"We are in the process of notifying family members of the deceased individuals," Colorado Springs police said.

Colorado Springs Christian School was also put on lockdown as a precaution following the reports of gunfire on the college campus, UCCS Public Safety posted on the social media site X.

UCCS Dispatch got a report of shots fired in a dorm on campus around 6 a.m., according to Colorado Springs police.

"UCCS Police responded and gained access to the dorm room at 6:05 AM. They discovered two deceased individuals, each with at least one gunshot wound," Colorado Springs police said.

The Colorado Springs Police Department and campus police asked the public to avoid the area.

All classes and activities are canceled for the day, UCCS Public Safety said.

UCCS on lockdown after reports of gunfire

Governor Polis released the following statement:

“I am closely monitoring the situation at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus and have spoken with our Department of Public Safety, and CU President Todd Saliman to offer state support where needed.”