AURORA, Colo. — A day after six teens were shot in a park near Aurora Central High School, Aurora Police Department (APD) released photos of two vehicles suspected of being connected to the shooting.
The shooting happened Monday around 12:45 p.m. at Nome Park near Nome Street and 12th Avenue, according to APD.
Five of the teens were taken to area hospitals and one took himself to a hospital. Police said one of the six was taken into emergency surgery. All are expected to survive.
"I need us all to be outraged by what happened here today," Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said on Monday, while asking for the public's help locating the suspects involved.
Police said Tuesday they have identified two suspect vehicles in connection with the shooting.
One vehicle is described as a black Chevrolet Tahoe with chrome door handles and a roof rack.
Police said Wednesday that they found the Tahoe parked in a residential neighborhood in the area of Kalispell Way and Alameda Parkway. Officers executed a search warrant at a nearby house, according to police. No arrests have been made.
The other vehicle is described as a black Chrysler 300 with dark tint and chrome wheels. Police are still looking for that car as of Wednesday evening.
Anyone with information on these vehicles or their owners is asked to call police, or call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com.
> Watch the full news conference from Monday:
Wilson asked residents with photos, videos or information to come forward so they can find the suspects involved. She said the shooting may have been a drive-by and there may have been suspects on foot.
The chief said multiple calibers of weapons were used in the shooting.
Henry Martinez, who lives across the street from the park, said he heard at least 30 gunshots.
"I'm a little shook about this," Martinez said. "It's scary hearing that many gunshots going off right in front of your house."
The first responders on scene were school resource officers who Wilson said provided lifesaving measures. The police department said responding officers applied tourniquets to at least two victims.
All of the victims are students at Aurora Central High School. Their names are not being released, but police identified them as a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy, and an 18-year-old man.
"Two of these victims are going to have a long haul ahead of them," Wilson said Tuesday. "Their injuries were significant, but thankfully they're with us and they're going to pull through."
On Monday, two of the victims were taken to UCHealth, three were taken to Children's Hospital Colorado, and one victim – the 18-year-old – took himself to a hospital.
The police department said that Aurora Central High School, which is across the street from Nome Park, was "on a secure perimeter." The shooting did not happen on school grounds.
The high school will be open on a regular schedule Tuesday, but there will be extra security. Aurora Public Schools said they will provide mental health professionals to ensure students have the resources they need to try and make sense of what happened.
> Watch the full breaking news coverage of the shooting:
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
Police said the Aurora Reward Fund has added an additional $5,000 reward for information about this shooting, bringing the total to $7,000.
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.
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