AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Six teenagers were taken to hospital after a drive-by shooting in Nome Park on Monday afternoon, the Aurora Police Department said.
The victims are between 14 and 18 years old. Aurora Central High School, located at 11700 E. 11th Ave., had the school perimeter secured by police after the shooting. All the victims are high school students.
A child was in emergency surgery, said DPA chief Vanessa Wilson. School resources officers applied a tourniquet to this child after he was shot.
A slightly injured 18-year-old victim went to hospital on her own after the initial incident. Three of the victims are currently being treated at the children’s hospital and two at UCHealth.
The APD published the sex and age of the victims on Monday evening:
- Male – 14 years old
- Woman – 15 years old
- Male – 16 years old
- Woman – 16 years old
- Male – 17 years old
- Male – 18 years old
Sources inside the school told FOX31’s Joshua Short that children are locked in classrooms and silent, which is the protocol for situations like these.
Wilson said there were several suspects on the run and they were no longer at the scene. The perimeter was widened while police investigated the area.
One witness described hearing 30 to 50 gunshots and then children scattering.
Aurora Public Schools sent an email and automated message to communicate the dismissal of students to all parents at Central High School.
It is the latest of several violent crimes committed in Nome Park this year.
FOX31’s data office discovered three serious assaults in the park prior to this incident this year, including one related to firearms. Three other aggravated gun-related assaults took place across the street.
Nome Park was the site of a 2019 gang-related shootout in which teenager Dangelo Domena was charged with attempted first degree murder.
Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman made this statement about youth violence after the shooting:
A shooting today in a park at Aurora Central High School has left six young people hospitalized. My prayers are with the injured and their families. As the facts surrounding this incident become known, I look forward to hearing from our Chief of Police and District Attorney on the steps that will be taken to apprehend and prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, those responsible for this incident. The most important function of government is the protection of its people and I firmly believe that public safety should always be the top priority for this city.
Aurora City Director Jim Twombly heads the day-to-day operations of the city, said:
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Today’s incident is deeply troubling. Violence involving adolescents and young adults is distressing and unfortunately constitutes a public health problem in communities across the country. The safety of young people in our community is a priority and that is why we have joined with other metropolitan communities to work collaboratively to make youth violence a public health crisis.
Earlier this year, the city of Aurora launched the Youth Violence Prevention Program to develop a model that includes public health, prevention and intervention efforts based on national models and best practices. to prevent and address youth violence in the short and long term. -term. We also joined the Aurora / Denver Youth Empowerment Compact in November 2020 to develop strategies and identify new and existing resources to address youth violence with a public health approach in collaboration with the city and the Denver County.
The fight against violence among young people is complex. We believe that these efforts, combined with a strong and ongoing community contribution, will help reduce the impact of youth violence in the region.
Wilson is asking the public to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 with any information or video of the incident.