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

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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?


Image via FoxNews

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bills... billsfan1104

You know, I wonder why NOT ONE of you Stir writers are ever concerned about the shootings that happen every SINGLE day in the "ghetto".  Are those not important to any of you??  Or only the ones that happen in "lilly white" neighborhoods???  Is it because you dont give a shit about black neighbors?? I know what it is.  It is because you guys scream racism from the comfort of your home, pretend that you are for black causes and down with black people, but when it comes to black on black crime, shootings or low income neighborhoods, you dont CARE.  Until it effects you and your  white neighborhood. 

blue82 blue82

Unfortunately the low income/ghetto neighborhoods as you call them don't make it to the news because it be the police or whomever does not inform them or whatever the case may be. Don't blame the writers because we all know they'll be all over it. I've seen enough that doesn't make the news I'm not throwing no racist card because it was not only one race.

nonmember avatar Ray

Lilly White neighborhood? Is there such a thing? I suspect there are plenty of black, latino, asian, and Indian people living there as well as whites. You sound like a product of the 1960s. Snap out of it.

kelti... kelticmom

Bills, don't blame them. It's the same reason that only the little missing white girls get all the media attention. Whether we want to believe it or not, racism is alive and thriving in our country. Through indifference. Black on black gang/drug violence in the "hood" is so common, it doesn't sell headlines. It's expected, so it's not a news story, it's a stereotype. If an innocent bystander gets hit, oh well. Part of the risks of being black and living in the hood. But if it was a white kid that got caught in the middle, the news and police would be ALL over it. People can argue until they are blue in the face that racism isn't prevalent anymore, but it is. Just pick up any newspaper or watch HLN.

bills... billsfan1104

Keltic, I agree with you.  I usually dont use the race card, but I do agree with the missing white kids versus the missing black kids.  Same thing with the shootings.  All we are hearing about is the shooting that are happening in upper middle class neighborhoods and the bloggers are beside themselves.  But I have not seen them write anything about gang violence or the violence in the lower income neighbothoods.  It pisses me off. 

kelti... kelticmom

Let me put it this way, gunman kills four people in Compton. That will never make the national news. Gunman kills four people in Boca Raton or the Hamptons - major headlines on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc.

Heath... HeatherMazzone

You want to be completely honest? I think it's because after so many years of violence in the ghetto people have come to expect it and it has become less newsworthy than you would like it to be. It's not the writers choosing not to write about it. It's society not seeing what's come to be expected, as news.

Heath... HeatherMazzone

Keltic, I wrote that before i saw your comment. I didn't realize we pretty much said the same thing. Lol

fave82 fave82

Im just glad the author didn't try to turn it into a rant about gun control (Im sure another stir writer is already working on that angle) lol

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