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Boulder Police respond to shooting in University Hill

One suspect was shot during an exchange with Boulder Police near University Hill. Police are searching for three other unidentified suspects.

BOULDER, Colo. — One person was shot and injured by police responding to a shots fired call in Boulder early Sunday morning, the Boulder Police Department said. 

Police said at 1:27 a.m., officers responded to a disturbance call near the 1200-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. As officers were investigating, they received another call of shots fired two blocks away. Officers responded and encountered multiple armed suspects.

At least one officer returned fire, injuring one suspect, according to Police Chief Maris Herold.

The unidentified suspect was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured.

Police are still searching for at least three other unknown suspects involved in the gunfire.

Detectives recovered one firearm from the scene and believe at least three different types of guns were used in this incident.

The shooting occurred near the University of Colorado fraternity and sorority housing.

CU Boulder Police issued a CU Advisory to students to alert them of the possible danger near campus. An advisory is the lowest level of notification for the university. It means the university believed the shooting didn't rise to the level of an emergency notification or safety alert. 

CU Advisories are not sent via text message. They are shared on the alerts website and social media.

The Boulder Police Department said CU Boulder Police responded to the shooting call as it was unfolding. The university didn't say anything about the incident online until hours later. 

The Twitter account "CU Boulder Alerts" retweeted a message posted by Boulder Police after 3 a.m. The account tweeted its own message at 5:13 a.m., which was almost four hours after the call came in.

In a statement, CU Boulder Police said there was "no indication of any threat to campus" and in cases like this, the school shares messages from the lead agency, which was the Boulder Police Department. 

Students think, given where this all happened, CU Boulder should have notified them sooner.

"If I didn't have a bunch of friends telling me, I would have absolutely no idea," sophomore Eddie Reynolds said. "And I would like something to pop up on my phone right away. Tell me to stay inside."

"It is student safety. I think they have a right. We have a right to know if something is happening," sophomore Ashley Warren said.

The university encouraged all community members to follow @cuboulderpolice and @cuboulderalerts on Twitter, to bookmark their alerts website, and to sign up for countywide emergency alerts, which may be sent out during emergencies that happen off campus.

The officer who fired at least one shot was placed on paid administrative leave while the Critical Incident Response Team investigates the shooting.

Police are asking anyone who has information or video of the incident to contact Detective Cantu at 303-441-4328 or upload video and photos to bouldercopd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/universityhillshooting


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