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Colorado Springs Police Trying To Determine Motives In Shootings

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The parking lot of an Auto Zone store after the shooting (credit: CBS)

The parking lot of an Auto Zone store after the shooting (credit: CBS)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)- Police in Colorado Springs are trying to figure out the motives and the identities of some of the victims involved in three separate shootings on Wednesday.

Police Sgt. Steven Noblitt said detectives have theories on what led to the shootings, but the investigation is continuing.

Noblitt said police are hunting two suspects in separate shootings that killed four people, warning the public that the men are considered armed and dangerous.

Four people were killed and two others hurt in the shootings. Two of those killed were brothers Aaron Fix, 16, and Wayne Fix, 19. Their friend, Austin Howse, 16, was also killed. Friends and family gathered for a vigil to remember the teens Thursday evening.

The weapon used by the suspect in the shooting deaths of three teenagers Wednesday night was a rifle.

Police are continuing their search for that suspect, Michael Arangio of Colorado Springs.

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Michael Arangio (credit: Colorado Springs Police Dept.)

Arangio, 24, is 5′ 8″ tall and about 140 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous and may be driving a green 2002 Nissan Xterra with Colorado plates 831-OLZ.

Police say if you know where he is or see him, call 911 and do not approach him. Anyone having information in regard to this investigation is encouraged to call 444-7000; to remain anonymous, call 634-STOP for Crime Stoppers or text CSPD and your tip to 847411.

The suspect in the deadly Auto Zone shooting may be known as Edward Coffey, 47, or Ernest Schmidt, 60. Police said the Colorado Springs man should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Ernest Schmidt (credit: Colorado Springs Police Dept.)

An arrest warrant has been issued for Schmidt’s arrest on charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, aggravated robbery and second degree kidnapping. Police urge anyone who comes in contact with Schmidt to call police and stay a safe distance away.

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