2 children and 1 woman killed in Denver shooting



Associated Press /  February 6, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Two young children and a woman were killed and a third child was wounded in a shooting at a northeast Denver house, police said Wednesday.

The wounded child was in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center.

The shooting appeared to have been isolated and there was no indication a shooter was on the loose, police Major Crimes Cmdr. Ron Saunier said.

‘‘Is there a mass killer or someone running around? At this time we don’t believe so,’’ he said.

Police declined to say whether it was a murder-suicide. The names and relationships of the victims weren’t immediately released. Relatives told Denver media outlets the woman was the mother of the children and that her husband had left their home Tuesday night to cool off after a quarrel.

Liliana Castro told The Denver Post the woman was her sister and that her sister’s husband told her he had come home Wednesday morning to find the bodies.

Police Chief Robert White called the deaths ‘‘a horrible tragedy.’’

The house where the bodies were found is in an industrial area of warehouses and a trucking terminal, near the National Western Stock Show complex.

Neighbor Debbie Martinez said the house was recently remodeled, and she saw a family of five — two adults and three children — move in about six months ago.

‘‘They seem like outgoing people. They didn’t bother anybody,’’ she said.

On a corner about a block from the scene, members of nearby Providence Bible Church gathered in a circle to prayer.

‘‘Basically, we pray for the community,’’ said Jose Rojas, pastor of the church.

‘‘This is the horror of the whole country. There are all these shootings,’’ he said. ‘‘I think it’s too much, too much to see innocent people being killed.’’

McArthur Mitchell and Joann Cobb, who live nearby, said the family seemed happy, sometimes taking walks with a dog.

‘‘They were friendly. We didn’t hear them fighting,’’ Cobb told The Denver Post.

The deaths came as the Colorado Legislature considers stricter gun laws and President Barack Obama tries to rally national support for a ban on assault weapons.end of story marker

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