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Man arrested in connection with unsolved northern Colorado shootings

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

A year after leads on a series of random — but possibly connected — shootings in northern Colorado slowed to a trickle, the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force is planning a major news conference.

The event, set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Loveland Police Department, 810 East Tenth St., follows the first arrest in connection with the unsolved shootings.

Christopher David Parker, 35, was arrested Tuesday, according to the Larimer County Jail. Court documents show he was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in relation to a June 3, 2015, killing.

The June 3 Loveland shootings, 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, came amid a spate of seemingly random shootings on northern Colorado roadways.

David Moore, spokesman for the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force, said he couldn't comment or connect Parker's arrest to the task force's work. But he encouraged media to attend the news conference.

"I can tell you this is going to be the most significant update we've had to date," Moore said.

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In March 2017, authorities said the investigation into a series of shootings in 2015 had slowed, with tips coming in less frequently. The task force put out surveillance video and a sketch of a truck, but until now, authorities had not made an arrest. A year later, it appears the case could be nearing a breakthrough, even if it's unclear whether all of the shootings are connected.

"I would say that until all the cases under investigation are solved, there probably won't be a full sense of relief," Moore said. "The task force is committed to solving all of the cases assigned to them, and we have no intention of stopping the investigation until that comes to fruition."

The shootings started April 22, 2015, when Milliken resident Cori Romero was shot in the neck while merging onto southbound Interstate 25 from Harmony Road in Fort Collins. Romero survived the shooting.

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

After the June 3 shootings in Loveland, there were two shootings Sept. 13, 2015, one at Banner Fort Collins Medical Center and another at Cottonwood Plains Elementary School in Larimer County. No one was hurt in either shooting, and those have been linked by unspecified evidence.

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said he couldn't comment on the case, as did a spokesman for the Windsor Police Department. Windsor Police Chief Richard Klimek is expected to be at the news conference.

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The Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force will host a media briefing at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Loveland Police Department, 810 East 10th St., Loveland.

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Window shattering incidents and roadway shootings in northern Colorado in 2015

While authorities have only linked two 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, suffers 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 that his rear window shattered after hearing a “pop” while driving on East Eisenhower Boulevard approaching North Cleveland Avenue. The incident occurred 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 that 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 shatters as a driver travels 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 shatters while 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 travel to an insurance firm in Fort Collins after a woman reported her rear passenger window of her pickup shattered while she was driving on I-25.

Midday: Another driver reports 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 is shot twice and killed while riding his bicycle on Weld 15 near Weld 72 in Windsor. Shortly thereafter, authorities announced they had confirmed a link between the Jacoby and Romero shootings.

June 3

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