FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Three people, including a female Colorado State University student, were killed in a shooting near Colorado State University on Thursday morning and it’s being investigated as a homicide.

Fort Collins Police Department responded to the shooting at an apartment complex at around 2 a.m., Fox31 reported. When officers arrived, they found four people with gunshot wounds. The Coloradan newspaper reported that the suspect was believed to be among the dead.


Investigators believe the suspect was known to at least one of the victims. The condition of the injured victim was not immediately available.

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The names, ages and gender of those involved were not released, however one of the deceased victims is a CSU student.


Colorado State University said the student victim’s family had been notified. The other three victims were not affiliated with CSU.

University police sent text and email alerts to students and employees at 2:35 a.m. alerting them to the incident. By 4:35 a.m., police said there was no ongoing threat.


“Sgt. Dean Cunningham with an update on the homicide. More information online at

“Pow pow pow, and then a short pause like maybe 3-5 seconds, and then the same thing again, pow pow pow.” That’s how Eric Howard described the sounds he heard Thursday morning. “There was a girl screaming and I could see her sitting there, and as I approached her and got around the bike rack, I noticed there was two bodies on the ground.”

When everyone else was told to stay inside, Howard went to help.

“My first instinct was to try to do CPR on one of them, and that’s when I noticed that the blood was just pooling several feet out from the bodies.”

When Howard got there it was too late.

One girl who lives in a nearby apartment, told the Coloradan she heard gunshots and the sound of a woman screaming at around 2 a.m. Thursday.

“It’s kind of scary, especially since it’s right here. We could  hear the gun shots from our rooms,” CSU student Brooke Dietrich said.

What led to the shooting is under investigation.

“There’s parties going on around here. Like I said, fireworks and shenanigans of that sort. But gun shots is a new one,” Howard said. “As far as I’m concerned, I have it easy compared to the girl that was there and survived, and for the families of the deceased, my heart goes out to all those guys.”

Sanow-Smith, who lives across the street from the apartment complex, said her husband thought the shots were fireworks at first because there are often fireworks in the area, The Coloradan newspaper reported.

Lief Youngs, a resident of the apartment complex where the shooting took place, said he slept through the incident, but his roommate woke him up around 4 a.m. to tell him about it.

He said residents who had cars parked inside the crime scene tape were not able to move their vehicles. People who live inside the taped-off area had to leave their homes through back doors to avoid the crime scene or have a police officer escort them to and from their front doors, he said.

There is no update on the condition of the surviving victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 970-419-3273.

Anyone with information about this incident, and who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact Detective Tessa Jakobsson at 970-221-6575. People can also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or

CSU issued a campus email Thursday afternoon with information about the shooting and resources for the campus community.

“We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss to our campus community and will share more information as we have it,” the statement said in part.

A team of counselors will be available for walk-in support at the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Room 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Additionally, students can reach CSU Health Network Counseling Services at 970-491-6053; faculty and staff can get support through the Employee Assistance Program at 970-491-1527 or ComPsych Guidance Resources at 1-800-497-9133. If you are concerned about a student or employee, please Tell Someone at 970-491-1350 or

Our hearts and payers go out to the families and friends.

Rest in peace.



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