LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4)– The FBI has increased the reward in the series of shootings in Northern Colorado to $50,000. The task force announced new developments in the case on Thursday morning.
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Moore announced on Thursday that the task force confirmed that two shootings that occurred on Sunday ware not related to the original four shootings in Northern Colorado between April 22 and June 3.
Those four shootings are:
- On April 22, approximately 11:15 p.m., Cori Romero reported she had been involved in a traffic accident as she was merging onto southbound Interstate 25 from Harmony Road in Larimer County. It was later determined that Ms. Romero had been shot in the neck with a firearm while she was driving.
- On May 18, approximately 10:15 a.m., John Jacoby was shot and killed while riding his bicycle near the intersection of Weld County Road 15 and Weld County Road 72 in Windsor.
- On June 3, approximately 10:30 pm, a person was shot at while riding a motorcycle near the intersection of Denver Drive and East 18th Street in Loveland. The person was not injured.
- On June 3, 2015, at approximately 10:45 p.m., William Connole was shot and killed while standing at the intersection of East 1st Street and North St. Louis Avenue in Loveland.
The task force said the investigation into those cases continues to be active and ongoing.
On Sunday, the Banner Health Center on Lady Moon Drive reported to Fort Collins Police Services that their building was damaged by a firearm. The damage occurred to a portion of the building that was occupied at the time and no one was injured.
On the same day, Cottonwood Plains Elementary School on Turman Drive reported to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office that their building was damaged by a firearm.
The task force said there is no information to indicate that those shootings are related to the four original shootings.
Moore said the task force added personnel from the Fort Collins Police, Greeley Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The task force is also urging anyone who has any information about the cases to come forward, even if they believe that someone else may have come forward with that information. That includes information regarding the depiction of a motor vehicle that was released to the public on June 23 that is believed to be involved in the shootings that occurred on June 3 in Loveland.
“The task force has received anonymous tips from a specific person or persons as recent as Aug. 17, 2015. Task force investigators have followed up on the information you provided, however more information is needed. You are encouraged to contact the task force again by any method you are comfortable with,” said Moore.
Moore said the task force has received anonymous tips from a specific person as recently as Aug. 17 but investigators would like that person to contact the task force again to give specific details about the initial report.
Moore also said the task force continues to monitor reports of shattered vehicle windows but there is no physical or forensic evidence recovered to indicate those cases are related to the four shootings in Northern Colorado.
The same information applies to the seemingly random shooting incidents across the country.
The task force has been busy with the investigation, processing more than 340,385 cell phone number, more than 2,550 leads and conducted more than 500 interviews. Task force have followed up on 748 vehicles and examined more than 100 videos from businesses in the vicinity of the four shootings.
Ten persons of interest have been identified and cleared by the task force.
The task force includes personnel from the following: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Windsor Police Department, Weld County Sheriff’s Office, Larimer County District Attorney’s Office, FBI, ATF, Loveland Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Fort Collins Police, Greeley Police Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Additional Information from the Task Force:
Authorities would like anyone with any information to call the Task Force Tip Line at 970.498.5595 or via email. If you see this vehicle moving and/or occupied, please immediately call 911 so local law enforcement can respond and follow all the directions of the emergency dispatcher. If you can do so safely, please gather as much information about the vehicle to include license plate state and number, distinguishing characteristics of the vehicle, description of the occupant(s), and/or a photograph.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for any of these crimes.