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2 children and 1 woman killed in Denver shooting

By P. Solomon Banda

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:03 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2013

DENVER » Two children under 10 years old and a woman were killed, and a third child was wounded in an apparent shooting at a house in northeast Denver, police said today.

That child was in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center.

The shooting appeared to have been isolated and there was no indication a shooter is on the loose, said police Major Crimes Cmdr. Ron Saunier.

"Is there a mass killer or someone running around? At this time we don't believe so," he said.

The neighborhood is in an industrial area, surrounded by warehouses and a trucking terminal, near the National Western Stock Show complex.

Neighbor Debbie Martinez said the house was recently remodeled, and she saw a family of five — two adults and three children — move in about six months ago.

"They seem like outgoing people. They didn't bother anybody," she said.

On a corner about a block from the scene, members of nearby Providence Bible Church gathered in a circle to prayer.

"Basically, we pray for the community," said Jose Rojas, pastor of the church.

"This is the horror of the whole country. There are all these shootings," he said. "I think it's too much, too much to see innocent people being killed."

The deaths came as the Colorado Legislature considered stricter gun laws and President Barack Obama tried to rally national support for a ban on assault weapons.

Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com

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eoe wrote:
Just throw their little bodies on the pile of 1619 others killed by guns in the US since newton (dec 14), including 124 other kids. USA! USA! We're number 1!
on February 6,2013 | 05:28AM
Was thinking the same thing-too many guns-too many unecessary deaths. Why is it the other countries that have these restrictive gun laws have such a low rate of gun-deaths. The NRA and those if support could learn a few things from these countries. It is unfortunate the NRA cannot grasp this ideology, but they would rather put out a fire with more gasoline
on February 6,2013 | 07:43AM
primowarrior wrote:
The NRA keeps pushing for more guns as a way to stem the violence because they're financially backed by gun and ammunition manufacturers who don't want to see their sales and profits diminished. They seem willing to turn their heads to the senseless tragedy and sorrow that occurs in this country every day as long as their blood money pours in.
on February 6,2013 | 10:05AM
hawaiikone wrote:
The NRA hasn't changed, we have. Why? Proverbs 1, 22 to 33 sums it up rather well.
on February 6,2013 | 12:14PM
kainalu wrote:
Gun-violence is the 3rd leading cause of death for kids under the age of 18. I bet many people don't know that. And we'll hear the same old tired arguments - "Well ban cars then, because they kill more people than guns". But cars aren't built to kill people, that's why they're called accidents. Guns are made for one purpose only: to kill or injure animals or man - period. Have gun ... will shoot. As American as mom and apple pie. It is what it is. I own a gun btw. Went through the long tired-process of trying to legally own a gun in this state. But I understand the implications of owning a gun.
on February 6,2013 | 07:40AM
torxman wrote:
The NRA is the number one killer of our childrens.
on February 6,2013 | 08:03AM
Waterman2 wrote:
on February 6,2013 | 08:36AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Very irresponsible comment
on February 6,2013 | 09:42AM
f8ldzz wrote:
Let's ban water and the ocean cause more kids die drowning! Yeah, that makes sense! "Gunpowder" was invented as a decorative display! If hunting was done without guns, I doubt society would've "advanced" as quickly - yay! We'd all be throwing spears are arrows at each other and debate about banning knives! How asinine! To all you anti-gun folks...if the bad guy had a gun pointing at you, what would be the #1 thing you had in your hand at that very moment? Yeah, I thought so... Try and argue with the bad guy to not shoot you - maybe he'll laugh so hard and spare your life cause you're too stupid to cause harm.
on February 6,2013 | 08:12AM
ronaldviernes wrote:
the gun pointing at you scenario you just posed would be irrelevant (at least, illegal) if there was a ban on guns, so it would be less likely to happen.
on February 6,2013 | 08:16AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Do you really think a criminal cares that the gun he is using to threaten you is legal ? Get a grip and try to look at the real world....it is a violent ugly place. Do you want your last thought in life to be "darn, I was wrong, wish I had a gun to fight back with !" Bullies, "forgot my meds nutcases", Meth nuts, they are all here my friend. One can wish the world were paradise, but believing that it is is just hiding your head in the sand. Are you bigger than any 400 lb meth crazed nut who figures your house might contain something he can sell to get more meth and who doesn't care if you or your baby live or die as long as he can get his crap ? If so maybe you don't need a weapon, but what about your 120 lb neighbor who is just too pretty for him to keep his hands off ? Be real.
on February 6,2013 | 08:34AM
purigorota wrote:
If there were a ban on guns do you think the criminals will abide by that law?
on February 6,2013 | 08:35AM
SprayHawk wrote:
It would only be irrelevant if the criminals didn't illegally have the gun. When was the last time you could rely on a criminal to 'follow the law'? I'm all for greater controls/testing/certification/etc, just don't remove my rights to defend myself. My rifle or shotgun or handguns won't hurt anyone - unless I intend them to.
on February 6,2013 | 08:40AM
paradiddle wrote:
How can anyone believe that a ban of guns would cause that scenario to be ireelevant? If not by gun, this tragedy could have been commited by any instrument , i,e, a knife, a baseball bat, or even someones bare hands. New laws and/or bans will not necessarily result in less murders. A more EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT of existing laws, PUNISHMENT of criminals, PREVENTION of domestic violence and DIAGNOSIS and REHABILITATION of the mentally impaired will do more than a flury of new laws ever could. Our system is broken and criminals, by nature and description, will not comply with ANY laws. I fear our civilization is in rapid decline and we fail/ignore to learn from history.
on February 6,2013 | 09:54AM
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