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FBI seeking tips in 2002 bowling alley shooting that left 3 dead

Bobby Zajac, Erin Golla and James Springer were shot to death at a bowling alley on Jan. 27, 2002. The case remains unsolved.

LITTLETON, Colo — More than 20 years after three people were shot and killed at a Littleton bowling alley, the FBI and Littleton Police Department are asking anyone who has information to come forward.

> The video above is from a 2021 news conference about the case.

"Someone has information about the killer of this three people," the FBI said in a tweet on Friday.

Bobby Zajac, 23, Erin Golla, 26, and James Springer, 29, were shot to death inside the AMF Broadway Bowling Alley located at 5485 S. Broadway in Littleton shortly before midnight on Jan. 27, 2002.

> Listen to 9NEWS Producer Janet Oravetz talk about the case in the The Daily Crime, a TEGNA podcast. 

Golla and Springer were the last two closing employees, and Zajac had been bowling and was going to get a ride home from Springer, the Littleton Police Department said.

After closing the alley, Golla called a friend at 11:40 p.m. to come pick her up. Sometime after she made that call, the three victims came into contact with an unknown person or people and were shot to death during an apparent robbery.

Credit: Metro Denver Crime Stoppers

Investigators said that around 11:50 p.m., a middle-aged white man with a bald head was seen exiting the bowling alley wearing a knee-length trench coat. He got into a dark-colored, newer-model pickup truck and left the area heading south.

Five minutes later, at 11:55 p.m., the friend who had come to pick up Golla discovered all three bodies inside.

In February 2021, it was also revealed that genetic genealogy was being utilized in the case. It's been used to help solve cases by checking DNA found at crimes scene against samples uploaded in public databases. 

A few months later, in June 2021, agents with the Denver office of the FBI searched a portion of the South Platte River near Interstate 270 and Vasquez Boulevard. They said at the time that the search was "directly related" to the 2002 case but did not provide any other details.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the FBI's Denver Field Office at 303-629-7171, to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or to visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $30,000.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here.

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