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As third anniversary of unsolved shooting passes, authorities ask for help

Nate A. Miller
nmiller@greeleytribune.com

Sunday marked three years since the first case of a string of apparently random shootings kept northern Colorado residents on edge.

Authorities issued an appeal for public assistance Sunday to solve two of the unsolved shootings.

At about 11:15 p.m. on April 22, 2015, 20-year-old Milliken resident Cori Romero was shot while driving in the area of Harmony Road and Interstate 25 in Fort Collins. Romero survived the shooting and is doing well, officials said in a news release.

"The task force still needs the community's help to solve this case and find justice for Cori," the release stated.

At about 10:15 a.m., May 18, 2015, Windsor resident John Jacoby was shot and killed while riding his bicycle near Weld County roads 15 and 72 in Windsor. Those two shootings were linked by unspecified evidence.

On June 3, 2015, there were two shootings in Loveland, starting at 10:30 p.m. and involving a person riding a motorcycle who was not injured and the killing 12 minutes later of William Connole.

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In March, authorities arrested Christopher David Parker, 35, who was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with the June 3 shootings. Authorities say they no longer need information from the public about these shootings.

However, two other shootings, which injured no one, that came in September 2015 — one at Banner Fort Collins Medical Center and one at Cottonwood Plains Elementary School — remain unsolved.

The shootings prompted law enforcement to create the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force, a collaboration between multiple police agencies, including the FBI.

Anyone with information about the unsolved shootings is asked to contact the task force at (970) 498-5595 or taskforce@larimer.org.

Window shattering incidents in northern Colorado

Here’s a look at incidents that had northern Colorado residents on edge in 2015:

While authorities have only linked two unsolved shooting cases — the killing of Windsor resident John Jacoby and the wounding of Milliken resident Cori Romero near Windsor — the shootings happened around the same time as a spate of incidents involving shattered car windows on northern Colorado roadways.

April 21

11:15 a.m.: A passenger-side window of a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office transport van shattered on Interstate 25 north of Mead. Deputies were moving three inmates from Jefferson County to the Larimer County Jail. No injuries were reported and no witnesses or suspects were located.

April 22

11:15 p.m.: Cori Romero, 20, of Milliken, suffered a gunshot wound to the neck after a bullet shattered her driver’s side window as she traveled south on I-25 toward Colo. 392 near Windsor. Romero was able to pull over to the side of the highway and call 911. She was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies for treatment.

Romero’s case was the only one being investigated as a shooting at the time.

11:30 p.m.: A Greeley man reported to Loveland police his rear window shattered after he heard a “pop” while driving on East Eisenhower Boulevard approaching North Cleveland Avenue. The incident occurred at about 9:50 p.m., but the man did not report it to police until after he returned home. He was alone in the vehicle and uninjured.

April 23

Noon: A driver of a semi-tractor trailer reported to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office his driver’s side window was shattered as he traveled on Weld County Road 49 between Weld roads 24 and 26, about 8 miles northeast of Hudson. The man told authorities he thought his window had been shot out. He was uninjured.

April 28

10 a.m.: A car window shattered as a driver traveled on I-25, near Larimer County Road 50 on the northeastern edge of Fort Collins. No injuries were reported.

April 29

9:45 a.m.: A man’s driver’s-side window shattered while he was traveling on Weld 23 just north of Weld 8, about three miles east of Dacono. The man told the Weld County Sheriff’s Office a car passed him on the roadway and he heard a “pop” before his window shattered.

Midday: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies traveled to an insurance firm in Fort Collins after a woman reported the rear passenger window of her pickup shattered while she was driving on I-25.

Midday: Another driver reported her passenger-side window shattered while she was driving on a frontage road south of Windsor.

May 18

9:30-10 a.m.: John Jacoby was shot twice and killed while riding his bicycle on Weld 15 near Weld 72 in Windsor. Shortly thereafter, authorities announced they confirmed a link between the Jacoby and Romero shootings.

June 3

10:30 p.m., a person riding a motorcycle in Loveland was shot at but not injured; 12 minutes later, pedestrian William Connole was shot and killed.