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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Open Season on Christians?

11 News has reports of a shooting at New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

Early reports are that there is a gunman inside and that there are multiple victims.

The Associated Press is reporting that four people have been shot.

SWAT is on scene.

This is the second such shooting in Colorado today.

Early this morning a lone gunman shot four people in an
Arvada missionary training center, two of those victims have died.

Arvada and Colorado Springs are about 80 miles apart. Perhaps the same shooter?

Security Guard 'Probably Saved Over 100 Lives'

( - Many people are expressing relief that a volunteer security guard used her own gun to stop a man on a shooting spree Sunday. "She probably saved over 100 lives," the Brady Boyd, the pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, said on Monday. The female guard, a church member dressed in plain clothes, killed the gunman after he opened fire at the mega-church. Boyd said she "rushed toward the attacker and took him down in the hallway" as he entered the building. The shooting erupted around 1 p.m., at the end of a service, when 7,000 people were either inside the New Life Church or just leaving. "He was just walking and shooting," the Denver Post quoted one witness as saying. The gunman, still unidentified, shot at least eight people, killing two teenage sisters, the pastor said. The girls were 16 and 18 years old. Their father, also shot, is listed in fair condition. The gunman has been identified by a local television station as 24-year-old Matthew J. Murray of Englewood, Colo. He is believed to be the same young man who shot and killed two people earlier the same day at a missionary training center in suburban Denver. In that case, the gunman opened fire, reportedly after he was refused permission to spend the night at the missionary center. The gunman was described as skinny, in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and dressed in black, police said. KUSA-TV reported that the gunman was wearing a "tactical helmet and body armor." The church's pastor said the New Life Church "prepared in advance" for a possible attack, after hearing about the shooting at the missionary training center.


The man who shot up a training center for missionaries and a church in suburban Denver, killing four people and wounding a number of others, has been identified:

A law enforcement official says the deadly rampages at a megachurch and a missionary training school were believed to have been carried out by the same person—Matthew Murray, a 24-yeare-old suburban Denver man who "hated Christians."
It is perhaps worth noting that the toll in Sunday's shootings exceeded the combined total in all "hate crimes" against Muslims in the six years since September 11.

Video: Colorado church shootings are probably connected; Update: Gunman “hated Christians,” say police

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