Two killed in UCCS dorm shooting, suspect arrested

A tragic incident occurred at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) last Friday, when two people were found dead in a dorm room after a shooting. The suspect, a 25-year-old man from Detroit, was arrested on Monday morning by the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD).

The victims and the suspect

The victims were identified as Celie Rain Montgomery, 26, and Samuel Knopp, 24. Montgomery was not a student at UCCS, while Knopp was a senior majoring in music and a member of the Visual and Performing Arts department. He was described as an accomplished guitar player and an extremely talented musician by the UCCS Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet.

The suspect was named as Nicholas Jordan, who was wanted on two charges of first-degree murder. He was taken into custody without incident by the CSPD’s motor unit. According to the police, the investigation indicated that this was an isolated incident between parties that were known to one another and not a random attack against the school or other students.

The shooting and the lockdown

The shooting happened around 6:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the Crestone House, an on-campus dormitory in Alpine Village. The UCCS Police Department responded to the reports of shots fired and found the two victims dead in the room where the shooting occurred. They then called the CSPD for assistance, who took over the investigation.

Two killed in UCCS dorm shooting

The university was placed under lockdown for several hours as the police searched for the suspect and secured the scene. The lockdown was lifted around 10:30 a.m. after the police determined that there was no active threat to the campus. The police also ruled out the possibility of a murder-suicide scenario.

The aftermath and the support

The UCCS community was shocked and saddened by the loss of two lives in the shooting. The university was closed over the weekend and classes were canceled on Monday. The chancellor sent an email to the students, faculty and staff, expressing her condolences and offering support resources. She wrote, “As we mourn the loss of Samuel Knopp and Celie Montgomery, my hope is that we will come together as a community, support one another and share in our grief. Please remember that you are not alone.”

The university also held a vigil on Monday evening at the Gallogly Events Center, where hundreds of people gathered to honor the victims and show solidarity. The vigil featured music performances, speeches and a moment of silence. Many attendees wore blue, the school color, and held candles and flowers.

The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing and the police are asking anyone with information to contact them. The motive and the relationship between the suspect and the victims are still unclear.

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