List of shootings in Colorado

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There have been at least eleven shootings at schools or public places in Colorado. All resulted in at least one death.


There have been two notable massacres in Colorado: the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, which resulted in 15 deaths; and the Aurora shooting in 2012, which resulted in 12 deaths.[1] In both instances, the shooter(s) were armed with semi-automatic weapons.

Events Location Date Number of persons killed Description
1914 Ludlow Massacre Ludlow April 20, 1914 23–29 An attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families
1993 Aurora shooting Aurora December 13, 1993 4 Nathan Dunlap, an American citizen, 18, who was fired from a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant as a cook, opened fire, killing four employees and wounding another. He was convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder charges and was sentenced to death.[2]In 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper indefinitely delayed Dunlap’s execution.[3] Governor Hickenlooper is expected to order a clemency in his death penalty before his term is up in early 2019 but no official word has been given[4]. As of June 2018, he remains on death row. Hickenlooper said Monday(August 20, 2018) that he has no plans to revisit Dunlap’s case. The term-limited governor is set to leave office in January 2019. [5]
1999 Columbine High School massacre Columbine April 20, 1999 13 not counting the Shooters Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, both American-born white males, embarked on a shooting spree in which a total of 12 students and one teacher were murdered. They also injured 21 other students directly, with three further people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide. It is the fifth-deadliest school massacre in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster, the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the 1966 University of Texas massacre, and remained the deadliest for an American high school until the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting of 2018.[citation needed]
2005 Denver police officer shooting Denver May 7 - 8, 2005 1 Two Denver police officers were shot at a dance hall by Mexican national and undocumented immigrant, Raúl Gómez-García.
Platte Canyon High School hostage crisis Bailey September 27, 2006 2 Duane Roger Morrison, an American Citizen, took a high school classroom hostage. Emily Keyes, one of the hostages, was shot as she tried to escape. Morrison died after a combination of shooting himself and being shot by police.[6]
2007 Colorado YWAM and New Life shootings Arvada/Colorado Springs December 9, 2007 5 Matthew Murray, an American Citizen, opened fire at two church organizations in separate cities, killing four and wounding five others before committing suicide.
2010 Deer Creek Middle School Shootings Littleton February 23, 2010 0 Bruco Eastwood, an American Citizen, fired a rifle in the school’s parking lot, wounding two students. He was tackled by faculty and arrested. Eastwood was found to be legally insane and held in the state mental hospital.
2012 Aurora shooting Aurora July 20, 2012 12 James Holmes, an American Citizen, opened fire during a midnight showing of the film "The Dark Knight Rises". In addition to 12 dead, 70 people were injured.[1][7]
2013 Arapahoe High School shooting Centennial December 13, 2013 2 Eighteen-year-old student Karl Pierson, an American Citizen, entered Arapahoe High School carrying Molotov cocktails and a shotgun. He shot another student and then shot himself dead.[8]
October 2015 Colorado Springs shooting Colorado Springs October 31, 2015 4 Noah Harpham, an American Citizen, killed three. Harpham was open carrying, and some open carry opponents would assert this allowed such a delay before response that he was able to kill more individuals than in a case where a police response would have been warranted by his presence with a rifle.[9]
November 2015 Colorado Springs shooting Colorado Springs November 27, 2015 3 A shooting and five-hour standoff with police occurred at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.[10] A University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer and two civilians were killed in the shooting, one was a mother of two and the other was an Iraqi war vet.[11][12] The suspected shooter, identified as Robert Lewis Dear,[13], an American Citizen, was captured alive after police convinced him to surrender.[10] During his arrest, he gave a "rambling" interview[14] in which, at one point he said, "No more baby parts".[15][16][17] Nine other victims, comprising five police officers and four civilians, were also reportedly shot.
Thornton shooting Thornton November 1, 2017 3 A lone gunman, an American Citizen named Scott Ostrem, walked into a Walmart store, shot three people near the cash registers, then fled the scene. All three victims were killed.<ref>TEGNA. "Armed and dangerous suspect sought after Thornton Walmart triple shooting: Police". KUSA. Retrieved 2017-11-02.</re>


  1. ^ a b Carter, Chelsea, J.; Pearson, Michael (20 July 2012). "Gunman kills 12 in Colorado movie theater". CNN. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  2. ^ Nathan Dunlap on death row for Chuck E. Cheese shooting, CNN
  3. ^ [1], CBS-Denver/AP
  4. ^ "Governor John Hickenlooper remains open to commuting death sentence for Chuck E. Cheese killer". The Denver Post. 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  5. ^ [2], CBS-Denver/AP
  6. ^ " - High school siege ends; one hostage shot, gunman dead - Sep 27, 2006". 28 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  7. ^ "13 Dead After Shooting During 'Dark Knight Rises' Movie". July 20, 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Hospital: Teen who was shot at Colo. school dies". AP. December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  9. ^ "Did Colorado's Open Carry Law Delay Police Response to a Mass Shooter?". Mother Jones. 2015-11-02. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  10. ^ a b Turkewitz, Julie; Healy, Jack (November 27, 2015). "3 Are Dead in Colorado Springs Shootout at Planned Parenthood Center". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Death of UCCS police officer in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting confirmed". Colorado Springs Gazette. November 28, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Shoichet, Catherine E.; Stapleton, AnneClaire; Botelho, Greg (November 27, 2015). "Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting: 3 dead, suspect captured (updated)". CNN. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  13. ^ Paul, Jesse; Steffen, Jordan; Ingold, John (November 27, 2015). "Planned Parenthood shooting: 3 killed, including 1 police officer in Colorado Springs". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  14. ^ Turkewitz, Julie (2015-11-28). "Robert Dear, Suspect in Colorado Killings, 'Preferred to Be Left Alone'". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  15. ^ "Colorado shooting suspect said 'no more baby parts': reports". Reuters.
  16. ^ "Planned Parenthood shooting: Suspect said 'no more baby parts'". BBC News.
  17. ^ Wesley Lowery (November 28, 2015). "'No more baby parts,' suspect in attack at Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic told official". Washington Post.