Six teenagers were wounded Monday in a shooting near a high school in Colorado, authorities said. Aurora police stated that there were likely many suspects in the shooting and they are still at large.
The shooting occurred in Nome Park, which is across the street from Aurora Central High School, just before 1: 00 p.m. local time, police said in a statement. Five students between the ages of 14 and 17 were found wounded at the scene, and an additional 18-year-old student self-transported to the hospital with “minor” injuries.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said initial evidence suggests that some suspects may have been on foot, while others were in a vehicle. According to Wilson, there were several shell casings with different calibers on the scene.
“When I got the call, my heart dropped,” Wilson said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Wilson said she believes first responders “saved a life.” Police said that first responders used tourniquets on two victims in an effort to stop their bleeding.
More than 2,000 students attended the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
One student in emergency surgery
Of the six wounded victims, one is in emergency surgery, according to Vanessa Wilson, Aurora’s police chief. Wilson stated that she believed first responders who used a tourniquet on the student injured in the accident “saved his life.”
Police believe there are multiple suspects
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said she believes there is more than one suspect in the shooting, but did not provide additional details. Wilson suggested that there could be surveillance camera footage from the shooting and requested the public share all information.
There was a heavy police presence at both the shooting scene and the Aurora Central High School.
6 teens injured in shooting
Five teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 were hospitalized. Their injuries and causes are still unknown.
Police said an 18-year-old transported themselves to the hospital and was being treated for “minor” injuries.
Witness says they heard 30 to 50 shots
A witness, Henry Martinez, told CBS Denver that they heard what sounded like 30 to 50 shots fired.