Aurora, Colorado Shooting Leaves 4 Dead & a Community Shaken (VIDEO)

Aurora Colorado standoff

Four people are dead this morning after a standoff between a gunman and police in Aurora, Colorado. Yes, Aurora, Colorado -- as in the same Aurora, Colorado where a gunman entered a movie theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises back in July.

At around 3 a.m., residents of an Aurora townhome community located about four miles southeast of the movie theater where the July incident took place reported hearing gunfire.

When police arrived on the scene, they found that a gunman, now identified as Sonny Archuleta, had barricaded himself in one of the homes. He eventually started firing shots at police from a second-story window.


According to police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson, "After we arrived on scene, there were no more shots fired up until he fired at us. During this time he was all over the house. He moved furniture. He was throwing things. He was agitated. He was irrational."

Police approached the home with tear gas and an armored vehicle. After a nearly six hour standoff, officers were fired upon by Archuleta. At that point, a SWAT team stormed the home, and Archuleta was killed.

Three other adults were found dead inside the residence, but their identities have not been released thus far. Sgt. Carlson said, "We have an idea of who they are, but we obviously want to confirm their identities with the coroner."

And as of now, Sonny Archuleta's motive for killing three people is not clear, which is of course, frustrating and disheartening.

After the massacre that occurred at the movie theater in Aurora last summer and the recent tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT -- hearing that yet another shooting went down hits a little too close to home no matter what part of the country you live in.

And we can only begin to imagine how terrified residents of that townhome community must be, because no one ever dreams of a senseless shooting literally taking place right next door to their own home. It also must be devastating to the people of Aurora to hear about another shooting in their town, when the wounds of the first shooting have not yet healed, and probably never will.

Today is a yet another sad day in Aurora, a seemingly "normal" town where stuff like this shouldn't happen.

You can hear more about what happened in this video clip.

Why do you think things like this keep happening?


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