Several Westminster Public Schools students were at a party over the weekend where one person was killed and seven other people were injured in a shooting, WPS Superintendent Dr. Pamela Swanson said in a statement posted on the district’s website.
Adams County deputies responded about 3 a.m. Saturday to the area of Greenwood Boulevard and Dakin Street, just west of Interstate 25 and north of U.S. 36, in the Western Hills neighborhood. One victim was pronounced dead at a hospital.
We continue to ask the public for help in providing any missing information on this house party and any information related to the blue Chevrolet Tahoe released yesterday from a nearby home surveillance camera. Please call 720-322-1313. pic.twitter.com/37a1Jst2Ek
— Adams Sheriff’s Page (@AdamsCoSheriff) October 16, 2022
Swanson said the victim who was killed was a girl from another school district.
“Early Saturday morning, there was a tragic outbreak of gun violence at a house party in Adams County,” Swanson said in the statement. “The party involved young adults and students from the metro area, including some of our students. A young girl from another school district was killed during the incident.”
The Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office said seven people were injured in the shooting, and investigators are looking for an early 2000s dark blue Chevrolet Tahoe.
Swanson said law enforcement assured her there is no reason to believe any of their schools is at an increased risk because of the shooting.
Mental health experts will be available to anyone who needs it, Swanson said, and reminded parents and guardians to be vigilant with their children to keep them safe.
“Adults should know where their children are and who they are with, at all times,” she said. “Many families set firm curfews for their children. Some kids may push back or complain, but many actually appreciate the fact they know the rules and know that setting a curfew is an act of love.”
She also encouraged parents and guardians to have conversations with their children about gun violence and the dangers of being at parties or in spaces with weapons involved.
“Sadly, we also live in a world where we have to talk about guns,” she said. “I encourage you to have a direct conversation about the issue. As we have seen, too many children are injured or killed because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. For some, this may be an uncomfortable conversation, but it is a necessary one.”
Anyone with information on the shooting, or on suspects, is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 720-322-1313.