On Nov. 15, six high school students from Aurora, Colorado were hospitalized after a shooting at Nome Park.
The shooting is believed to be a drive-by, leaving six students, ranging in ages of 14 to 16, in the hospital. One of the students was rushed into immediate surgery, but all victims are expected to survive.
Police have identified the vehicles suspected to be involved in the event, but no arrests have been made as of now.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said the violence that has been surrounding the nation is too much and needs to come to an end.
“There is a violence crisis across the nation right now and we all need to pay attention,” Wilson said. “Enough is enough. This is a public health crisis. We need to get through to our kids and figure out a way to stop this” (NYPost).
Henry Martinez, a witness to the crime, said he heard multiple gunshots coming from the area.
“It’s sad to see young people just throwing their lives away for nothing, sad about that… heard like 30-50 shots, it was hard to count with them coming so fast like that, but at least 30,” Martinez stated (CBS Denver).
Mayor Mike Coffman made a statement after the event, stating that the top priority is to get justice for the students involved in this incident.
“I look forward to hearing from our Chief of Police and from our District Attorney about what actions will be taken to apprehend and prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, those responsible for this incident,” Coffman said. “The most important function of government is the protection of its people, and I strongly believe that public safety must always be the top priority for this city” (FOX).
This is not the first time Aurora has been in the news for a mass shooting. In 2012, James Holmes set off tear gas canisters and continued opening fire during the midnight premiere of The Dark Night. In Homes’ attack, 12 people were killed and 70 were injured.