BREAKING NEWS | Shooting at UCCS leaves at least two dead, police said

A shooting occurred at UCCS on the morning of Feb. 16, leaving at least two dead at the scene. 

The Colorado Springs Police said a call for shots fired happened and are now in an ongoing homicide investigation. According to UCCSAlerts, the lockdown was put in place at 6:20 a.m. The call for the campus to shelter in place ended at 9:36 a.m. Campus will remain closed for the rest of the day. 

Ira Cronin, public relations manager for the Colorado Springs Police Department, said at a conference update that UCCS police responded to a call of shots fired in a dorm room just before 6 a.m.  

The responders gained access to the room at around 6:05 a.m. and discovered two bodies, each with at least one gunshot wound.  

The CSPD was notified at around 6:10 a.m. to assist in securing the scene. Cronin said the CSPD homicide unit was notified and has taken control of the investigation per the request of the UCCS campus police department. “We are in the very early stages of piecing together what happened here,” he said. 

Cronin said they are in the process of notifying the victim’s families.  

Officials have not yet confirmed or given out the names of any victims or suspects.   

“We don’t believe, at this point, that there is an ongoing threat to the community, and we are investigating this as an isolated incident,” he said. “While the coroner will make the official determination of cause and manner of death, these deaths are being investigated as a homicide and continue to be an active investigation.”  

The campus lockdown started at 6:21 a.m. and was announced through the UCCSAlerts on the UCCS Safe app, via email and through text messages.  

At 7:10 a.m., it was announced there was no active shooter but to still shelter in place on campus. 

At 7:59 a.m., people in Alpine Village, including San Juan, La Plata, Crestone, Antero and Shavano, along with the Roaring Fork, were told to shelter in place. “We do not want movement in and around these areas. All other students, faculty and staff may leave campus,” the alert said.  

At 8:52 a.m., it was announced there was no safety concern on campus, but the shelter-in-place for the Alpine Village was still in place due to an ongoing investigation.  

At 9:36 a.m., the call for shelter in place ended. The campus will remain closed for today.  

“I am closely monitoring the situation at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus and have spoken with our Department of Public Safety, and CU President Todd Saliman to offer state support where needed,” Governor Jared Polis said in a statement.  

Find more information on updates for campus services here.  

This story is developing and will be updated as more details become available.   

Editor’s Note: This article was updated as of 3:53 p.m. 

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