Academic Office Building shot for second time in less than a week

Source: Jonathan Toman
Feb. 10, 2015

Evan Musick, Eleanor Skelton
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BB gun vandalism continues to occur at the Academic Office Building. Four to five windows in the building were shot this morning.

“Right now, we’re focusing on where the angle is and who this could possibly be,” said executive director of Public Safety Brain McPike. “It’s just odd.”

McPike will continue to talk with his investigator, who is working to determine where the shots came from, which may include the Austin Bluffs corridor.

He said the reason for the targeting of the Academic Office Building is unknown, but that it is likely due to ease of access to the building.

“Any other building you’re kind of more on the main campus,” he said.

The possibility of a suspect without a motor vehicle has not been ruled out.

“We’re not sure it’s even a drive by, it may just be somebody on foot.”

McPike said occupants of the building were interviewed Tuesday morning.

“The occupants are obviously a little bit nervous, they’re fearful. So we’re trying to do everything we can to appease and make sure they’re safe,” McPike said.

UCCS police are working with CSPD and the El Paso County Sherriff’s Department to determine if there is a correlation to any off-campus problems.

Last week, five windows of AOB were also shot with a BB gun.      Two reports of broken vehicle windows are not related to the Academic Office Building, McPike said.

The investigation is ongoing.