- Police were alerted to a shooting outside a high school in Aurora, Colorado.
- After the shooting in Nome Park, five teenagers were hospitalized.
- “Unknown suspect, who is no longer on the scene,” police say.
SEVERAL TEENAGERS INJURED. Police were alerted to a shooting outside a high school in Aurora, Colorado. They reported that several youths were injured and had to be rushed to a local hospital. Authorities are hurrying to secure the scene.
This Monday afternoon, the Aurora Police Department responded to a call reporting a shooting in Nome Park, just a few steps away from Aurora Central High School. After the shooting, five teenagers were hospitalized while officers secured the student campus.
Shooting outside high school in Aurora, Colorado, injuries reported
In an initial report, the police announced on Twitter: “#APDAlert: Officers are at the scene of a shooting in Nome Park, Nome / 12th. There are several people who have been shot, ages or conditions unknown. Central HS is blocked. Unknown suspect, who is no longer on the scene.”
Minutes later they indicated that five people had been hospitalized and detailed that, “the ages (of the victims) are between 14-17.” Later, they reported that there was a sixth victim who had arrived at a medical center on their own.
Six shooting victims
“UPDATE: A sixth victim, an 18-year-old, self-transported to the hospital with minor injuries,” announced the police in their last briefing. They did not offer details about the type of injuries suffered by the adolescents, nor did they indicate if the lives of any of them were in danger.
They also clarified that the shooting did not occur inside the school, but in a neighboring park, and that the officers had established a “secure perimeter”, but that the institution was not in lockdown. “Central High School is on a secure perimeter, not a confinement,” they explained.
Police officers working all around the scene
The police are working at the scene to develop a description of the attacker, but they still have no suspects. Local media reported a heavy police presence and multiple emergency vehicles in the school parking lot.
Deborah Takahara, reporter for KWGN & KDVR in Denver, obtained the testimony of a witness who related that, “we heard many shots, many children running, vehicles starting. Some started arriving at the cemetery, and that’s when we decided to take cover behind some of the stones.”
Parents desperate for news of their children
“Parents are waiting to pick up students at Aurora Central High School, which is located near the park where the shooting occurred,” said local journalist, Liz Geraldi. Although moments later the police reported that the institution would send a message to, “communicate the exit from school today.”
According to the outlet, the shooting is the latest act of violence in the park, where authorities have responded to three aggravated assaults this year, including a weapons-related incident.
Nome Park was the site of a gang-related shooting in 2019, in which a teenager was charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to the outlet.
How to protect myself during a shootout?
Keep calm. Even though it’s a chaotic situation, it is essential to remain calm. Take a deep breath and try to think clearly about what your best option is. Identify the location of the shooter. Usually by listening carefully you can tell where the shots are coming from. You may be able to go by what you can see too, but be careful about your movements and avoid looking in the direction of the disturbance.
Assess your environment. Is it an open or closed site? Try to find the closest exits and think about whether it is smarter to run away or hide. Can you escape? If you can escape via a safe and accessible route that doesn’t expose you to the shooter’s line of vision, then be prepared to take it. Run as fast as possible.
How to protect yourself?
You can’t escape from the scene? If you find yourself in a place that you cannot get out of without exposing yourself, then hide from the shooter and take cover. If you are in a room, close the door, block it with furniture, turn off the lights and keep quiet and away from the windows.
Belongings. Remember that in these cases you don’t need your belongings. Leave your possessions, the most important thing is your life. Call the police. Once you are in a safe place, call the police or emergency numbers. Generally they should respond in about 10 to 15 minutes. Once they arrive let them do their job.
Confronting the aggressor is your last option
It is vitally important to remember that facing down the shooter should always be the last option. In fact, it should only be considered when there is no longer any alternative to running or hiding. Authorities state that trying to defuse the situation with words doesn’t work.
“If the victim has the shooter in front of them and cannot flee, the chances of survival are much greater if they try to incapacitate them, instead of begging for their life,” ABC said in a report on strategies to survive in these situations. Always keep this valuable information in mind. Shooting outside high school in Aurora, Colorado, injured reported.
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