BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — A 20-year-old college student is dead in Boulder after being shot in the chest an apparent attempted robbery.
“I was literally walking from the basement upstairs 30 seconds before that and didn’t see people before that. Then right as I get up to my room, I hear fireworks, what I thought were the fireworks,” said University of Colorado student Kevin Ludolph.
Police say the shooting happened at about 2 a.m. Friday on University Hill near the University of Colorado. The victim, Todd Walker, attended the University of New Hampshire.
Walker graduated from Battle Mountain High School in Edwards. The school library will be open at 4 p.m. on Saturday so people can gather and mourn Walker’s death.
Authorities said Walker and a 21-year-old female friend were walking home after going to parties in the area when they were approached by a man wearing a black bandanna over his face near 10th and Pennsylvania.
“The suspect pulled out a gun, fired one shot into the air, fired a second shot into the victim. He fired that shot into the victim’s chest,” said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.
A resident of the area told CBS4 they heard the victim’s friend telling police that he had stood in front of her to protect her from being shot.
“She was talking to the cops, that, if it wasn’t for him jumping in front of her that she would’ve got shot,” said CU student Adam Sudman.
“He wasn’t really moving and the lady, the girl, was right next to him and she was definitely in a state of panic, she was screaming,” said CU student Alex Tornocz.
Police are searching for the suspect, described as a clean-shaven, white male with blondish-brown hair. He was said to be 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall with a medium build.
Officials aren’t sure if the gunman attended one or more of the parties the victim also was at. One of the parties was attended by about 500 people. Police released a sketch of the suspect and hope anyone with information about him will call the Boulder Police Department.
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