4 Dead After “Calm” Mass Shooting in Colorado
Four people are dead including the gunman after a daytime, seemingly motive-less shooting in downtown Colorado Springs. A witness described the gunman as walking “calmly… like he was walking his dog.”
“[It] kind of spooked me a little bit,” said Matt Abshire. “He’s walking in the street. Two guns, walking calmly, like walking [a] dog. Not worried, not scared – nothing,”
“He just looked like he was somebody that was going to be on a mission,” said Naomi Bettis, a neighbor of the suspect, who then called the police and reported that she saw a man with guns.
Police received the call around 8:45am, and confronted the gunman soon after. The gunman opened fire, and police returned, killing him.
The case seems reminiscent of the infamous shooting spree of Howard Unruh, a decorated WWII vet who came to live as a recluse with his mother. On September 6, 1949, Unruh killed 13 people during a 12-minute walk through his neighborhood in Camden, NJ. After a standoff with police at his home, Unruh was captured and found legally insane; he spent the rest of his life in a psychiatric facility and died in 2009.
[via ABC News]