Curiously, the Huffington Post reported on the shooting, republishing an AP report. As you’ll see, a man with a “gun” (the crack AP investigative reporters were apparently unable to discover what kind of gun it was or deemed that unimportant) drove into a church parking lot, crashed into another vehicle, and as people came to his aid, started shooting at them. He shot and killed the mother of one of the pastors at the church and then, apparently, proceeded in the direction of the church entrance. Thankfully, luckily, an off-duty Denver police officer, a nephew of the victim, had his gun with him and shot the assailant before he could fire at anyone else.
Parker sped into the parking lot of New Destiny Center church in Aurora, crashed into a car, then fired at people who came to his aid. The shooting killed Josephine Echols, the mother of a pastor at the church, police said. Echols’ nephew Antonio Milow, an off-duty Denver police officer who was attending a church service, then shot and killed Parker, authorities said.
The story is here (including a link to a video report from one of the Denver television stations):
While details are somewhat sketchy, if you watch the news report, you’ll see one of the congregants say it sounded as though the gunshots were moving closer to the church and that at one point the assailant was inside the entrance of the church.
Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania summed things up nicely:
“Who knows what would’ve happened if the officer had not been there. It certainly could have been a lot worse,” Fania said.
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